Lorain elementary closed by gas leak to reopen in January

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Admiral King Elementary School

LORAIN, Ohio- A Lorain elementary school closed by gas leak will reopen in January.

Admiral King Elementary on Washington Avenue has been closed since Oct. 2 when a strange smell was first detected. Students and staff will return to the school after winter break on Jan. 5.

Lorain City Schools Superintendent Thomas Tucker said the fire marshal approved occupancy for Admiral King earlier this month.

The gas was coming from an old, capped gas well located under the gymnasium floor. Tucker said crews knocked down a wall and drilled along the pipe in order to stop the leak.

“We anticipate being completed with the drilling project shortly after the first of the year. The final plugging phases are currently being completed,” Tucker said in a statement on Wednesday.

Tucker said reconstruction plans for the gym are already in development and drawings will be submitted to the school board.

While Admiral King was closed, students were relocated to three other buildings. Those students should bring all their personal items home on Dec. 19.

An open house will be held on Dec. 30 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for students and the community.

Teachers have been allowed in the building for the past week preparing their classrooms.