WESTPORT, Conn. — Westport’s Greens Farms Elementary School will be closed until at least Wednesday as crews work to repair damage caused by a frozen sprinkler pipe that burst early Monday morning, school officials announced.
The rupture occurred at approximately 2 a.m., Superintendent Elliott Landon said during Monday night's Board of Education meeting. The school was closed all day Monday to allow repairs to begin.
“Because there is so much work that has to be done and so many people going in and out of that building, it’s our belief that the safety and security of the kids is best served by closing again [Tuesday],” Landon said.
In an email to parents Monday evening, Principal John Bayers said most of the damage was to the art room, and to the first and second floor hallways in that area.
“The maintenance staff, as well as outside contractors, made great progress [Monday] in addressing the issues brought on by this situation, but they will need additional time [Tuesday] to continue their work,” Bayers wrote.
Damage caused by the busted pipe was so extensive, work crews had to remove walls, ceilings, ceiling tiles and insulation, said Landon.
Both Landon and Bayer said they anticipate the school will reopen by Wednesday.
"Staff will be in [Tuesday] preparing for Wednesday so we should be in good shape,” Landon said.