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District Assesses Winter Storm Damage

Winter Weather Clean Up

The Big Red Community, along with the rest of the Lone Star State, was slammed with a historic arctic blast this month. Temperatures remained below freezing for an all-time record of 205 hours in Central Texas.

“We began watching our facilities closely when the first inclement weather rolled in on Feb. 11, and continued monitoring campuses throughout the week,” said Michael Morgan, assistant superintendent of operations. “We are thankful to our facilities staff who were on site during the week repairing damage and working to prevent further issues as the weather got progressively worse.”

Overall, Belton ISD’s facilities fared well, Morgan said, but they were not without damage.

Two schools required cleaning and restoration work - Lake Belton High School and Lake Belton Middle School - while Charter Oak Elementary and Transportation Services required additional work to restore electricity. 

“We also experienced minor water damage from frozen fire suppression systems at other locations,” Morgan said. 

City of Belton water supply concerns impacted Belton Early Childhood School, Chisholm Trail Elementary, Leon Heights Elementary, Miller Heights Elementary, Southwest Elementary, Sparta Elementary, Belton Middle School, South Belton Middle School, Belton High School, Belton New Tech High School @ Waskow, DAEP, Administration and Support Services. 

Morgan credits the facilities staff who hunkered down at campuses around the clock to monitor impacts

“Their efforts kept us ahead of the curve on preparations to return to school,” he said. “When roads began to clear on Friday, Feb. 19, we called in additional teams to make sure we were ready to reopen as soon as possible. This included team members from several departments - Custodial, Grounds, Food Services, Technology and Transportation.”

Cost estimates related to the storm damage are still being calculated as restoration work continues. Monitoring areas for potential moisture issues and additional repairs are likely, but students and staff alike were excited to get back to class on Tuesday.

“Throughout this devastating storm, the heart of this community was on display through their generosity and support of each other,” said Superintendent Matt Smith. “As a school district, we strive to make sure we approach our work with clarity, kindness and unity in purpose by focusing on the well-being of our students, staff and families. We were humbled and proud to see this on display throughout our amazing community.”

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February 23, 2021