Septic issues again evacuate students from Currie Elementary

The students were moved to Baker Elementary after a septic backup at Currie Elementary

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FOWLER, Ohio (WKBN) – Students had to be evacuated from Currie Elementary School in the middle of the school day on Thursday due to another septic backup.

The school in the Mathews Local School District was evacuated last week for the same reason.

The principal says that, both times, the system overflowed because many children use the bathroom at lunch.

Workers snaked out the pipes, but the problem is not solved.

Mathews Local School Superintendent Lew Lowery said previously that the issues are due to the age of the buildings, which he said are getting too old to fix.

The district is working to pass a levy in November that would build a brand new $25 million K-12 school with taxpayer money.

Parents say their kids need new facilities, and are urging voters to pass the levy.

“I have voted ‘yes’ for Mathew Schools, not even having any children in the school district yet,” said Jill Gifford, a concerned parent. “It’s high time our community comes together and votes ‘yes’ for our kids.”

She says problems like this are interrupting the students’ education, something that can have long-term consequences.

The 150 students had to be evacuated to nearby Baker Elementary School, where parents picked them up for the day.


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