Manhattan, Kan. (WIBW) -- Bluemont Elementary School in Manhattan was forced to close Tuesday after construction work led to a water leak.
Around 11:30 AM Tuesday, Michele Jones, the spokesman for Manhattan-Ogden USD 383, sent out a notice to local media outlets stating: "There has been a water line break at Bluemont Elementary School in Manhattan. School will need to be closed the rest of the day. Parents - please come to Bluemont and pick up your child(ren) as soon as possible. All students are safe and are waiting for pick up in the gymnasium at Bluemont. No further details related to the water line break are available at this time."
Jones tells 13 News that a water valve was broken as construction crews were remodeling restrooms at the school on Bluemont Avenue, causing water to leak into some of the ceiling tiles and into several classrooms.
Late Tuesday afternoon, Jones announced that Bluemont Elementary will be open Wednesday for school.
Construction is currently underway at nearly every school in the district, according to Jones. It is all part of a $97.5 million bond issue improvements plan approved by the Board of Education in June of 2008.
Updated: 06/05/2013 - Riley County’s school district is asking citizens to consider a $12.3 million bond issue to make safety improvements to local schools.