Water woes hit Royalton High School

by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer

Frozen drainage pipes were the cause of recent water issues at Royalton High School, causing meltwater to back up on the roof and invade a school hallway, March 10.

“The water was supposed to run down a pipe in the wall, but was seeping out of plates in the hallway floor,” said Supt. Jon Ellerbusch.

Head custodian Bill Sobania brought in a portable sump pump to drain the water, and although it kept up for a while it just wasn’t enough to handle the problem.

“The water on the floor was noticed about 1 p.m. but about 6 p.m. it started running down the wall between the band room and the weight room,” Ellerbusch said.

Sobania went to St. Cloud to get a larger sump pump, which was set up about 8 p.m. That was enough to keep up with the water.

The next day, Fussy’s Lil Dipper was called in and they steamed the underground pipe open.

“The first ice block was found 20 feet out of the building,” said Ellerbusch. “The second was 195 feet out of the building, and when that was cleared the water just rushed through.”

Ellerbusch reported that in all of Sobania’s 40 years with the district, he had never seen anything like it before.

“This was just the result of the unusual winter with the cold and the deep frost,” Ellerbusch said.

Royalton School Board Briefs

Other business that came before the Royalton School Board Monday, included:

• Approving a resolution for the employment of Board Member Dale Lenz as district groundskeeper, with his total compensation from the district not to exceed $8,000 annually;

• Accepting a $500 donation from Adults Living with Care (ALC) Homes in Little Falls for the Junior/Senior High prom;

• Approving the hiring of Stephanie Burg as junior high assistant track coach, Adam Snyder as assistant baseball coach and Shari Bishop as gifted, talented and enrichment coach;

• Accepted the resignation of Kathy Popp from morning MAP;

• Approving the roster of spring coaches, advisers and volunteers;

• Approving a joint powers agreement with the state of Minnesota to participate in the Cooperative Purchasing Venture;

• Approving the 2014-2015 school calendar;

• Discussing proposed policy changes for employment of non-union employees; and

•Tabling a discussion regarding transportation for preschool until the next meeting.

The next Royalton School Board meeting will be Monday, April 21 at 6 p.m. at the high school