EVHS To Remain Closed Wed: Classes Likely To Resume Thurs

by Staff Reporter / Feb 23, 2016 / comments

EVHS To Remain Closed Wed: Classes May Resume Thurs.

Staff Report

Espanola Public Schools Superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez released a statement Tuesday evening announcing that Espanola Valley High School would remain closed Wednesday for students, but teachers and staff should report to work as normal.

On Monday an evacuation of students and staff was triggered by the smell of natural gas in the building. The subsequent investigation reportedly led to the discovery of an unrelated gas leak on the outside of the main building. This outside leak, which apparently had nothing to do with the original smell in the main building resulted in the New Mexico Gas company “red tagging” the meter and shutting down the gas supply to the facility until the problem was rectified.

Unconfirmed reports from school employees say that the identified leak has now been repaired but the school is still awaiting final inspection by the gas company before gas service can be turned on again. This is why the school remains closed on Wednesday. In the meantime, the same sources report that the original odor that triggered the evacuation has apparently been traced to sewer gasses emanating from the schools pluming and were not in fact caused by a natural gas leak.

The continued closure of the district high school also means that the school is rescheduling parent/teacher conferences that were originally scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25.  Parents of students who had been scheduled for conferences that day will be rescheduled for another date in the future, said the school press release.