More Than One-Third Of Dallas ISD Schools Damaged During Winter Storms – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Frozen pipes aren’t playing favorites as 131 of them were blown up in Dallas ISD and 113 campuses damaged, more than a third of the district’s schools.
“It’s been around the clock for the past five or six days,” says David Bates, DISD Asst. Main maintenance & equipment. “People who sleep where we can, nap where we can, and be right back.”
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The restoration work on campus is much more complicated than flipping a switch.
“It’s about repairing the pipe, repairing the surface, restoring the water, restoring the air conditioning, and maintaining the air quality,” explains Bates. “Make sure the water is ready to drink for children. Yes. The whole 9 meters. “
However, the hard work and uninterrupted effort are paying off. According to Bates, more than half of the damaged schools have been repaired. Then there are the handful he calls the “problem” children.
“Some of our more significant breaks where the hot water line broke or we need to get the power back online. But apart from these few, we will be ready to take on students again on Wednesday. “
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In the meantime, other school communities are also showing their resilience – they are now working to support one another.
“We realized that a lot of students were in need, so we wanted to be there for our children,” says Bryan Bott, Bryan Adams’ high principal.
In an event called “BA Cares,” the Bryan Adams school community organized a two-day fundraiser to collect groceries and household clips.
“And then tomorrow at 5:00 am we’ll see how much stuff we have, and at that point we’ll start bringing it to our children and their families,” says Bott.
Because whether collecting donations or working to repair the damage, “family”, say employees, makes the difference.
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“Many of our employees went to school in DISD, their children went to school in DISD,” says Bates. “I mean, Dallas ISD will be part of us. So we’ll do it right. “