UPDATE Tuesday 5:15 p.m. School Superintendent Tim Connellan has announced that school will be in session on Wednesday, regular hours.
ORIGINAL STORY: A suspected leak in a well line caused the Bethany Community School to close early on Tuesday. According to School Superintendent Tim Connellan, Facilities Manager Joe Lukos noticed one of the water tanks had gone into alert mode early in the day. Upon inspection it was found the water level was too low to adequately service the school and the decision was made to have an early dismissal.
"We had to decide how soon we could mobilize transportation, how soon we could notify the parents," Connellan said. "It went very smoothly. Every parent confirmed contact."
Connellan said the office was busy fielding phone calls from parents who needed to make alternate arrangements for their children.
A tanker of potable water was brought in to top off the well. The well service company then identified what they believe is a leak in one of the lines running from the well to the annex buildings. According to Connellan, that section of pipe has been closed down while they try to locate the leak and repair it. If the leak isn't repaired in time, there is another possible fix; well #1, which feeds water to Bethany Town Hall, also used to supply the school annexes. They are investigating the possibility of temporarily reopening that valve.
"We are making some contingency plans with regards to opening school tomorrow," Connellan said. "We just have to make sure we have the facilities in working order."