Lorain elementary school closed by gas leak reopens

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LORAIN, Ohio- For more than two months, students at a Lorain elementary school were forced to relocate its students and staff because of a strange smell coming from their gym.

Students at Admiral King Elementary in Lorain have a reason to smile Monday as they returned back to class.

"I missed the school. I missed it a lot because I like being here because it made me feel better to be home and home is where people like to be the most," fifth grader Nathan Gomez said.

And the students were not the only ones happy to be back.

"I'll be honest, I was more excited today than I was Christmas. All the kids are so excited to get back. We are just really happy, very happy,” parent Shelly Czatt said.

The problem began on Oct. 1 when the staff noticed a strange odor in the school. It was coming from a leaky gas well underneath the school's gym.

Now, the leaky well has been capped and the school was cleared to reopen.

"And our students arrived early this morning and staff was here and we are excited,” said Tom Tucker, Lorain City Schools superintendent.

Now that the well has been capped, Admiral King is going to need a gymnasium and the school superintendent said they are working on that.

"The plans are being written as we speak and we hope to have that done have it completed this year sometime but there are number of steps we have to go through and the board will be taking a look at those plans in the next couple of weeks,” Tucker said.

Until the new gym is completed students will have recess inside the classroom and when it's warm they'll play outside.

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