BEREA, Ky. (WKYT) - It's two more days of summer vacation for the 1,200 students in the Berea school system. The delay to the start of the school year is due in part to a school renovation project, part because of Wednesday night's weather.
It was a torrential downpour Wednesday night and so much water gathered on the Berea school roof, some of it leaked into the building that's been under renovation for months.
Water leaked through several seams in the roof that had not been covered up in the renovation.
School officials had a late night decision to make as the damage wasn’t discovered until after 10 p.m.
“We got together and decided it was not a safe situation for our kids and staff members to have school, said Berea Superintendent Mike Hogg.
Staffers worked for nearly 5 hours to clean up dozens of soaked ceiling tiles, but there was the concern more damage could occur before the roof was properly sealed.
“With weather conditions being what they are, our concern was having kids and staff in the building, if those seams had not been sealed, we would have water coming in the building,” Hogg said.
The first day of the new school year will now be Monday and the school board will decide how to amend the school calander.