Failed water pump forces closure of North Salem Middle School / High School


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A failed water pump forced the closure of North Salem Middle School / High School and district offices on Monday, May 16. In a notice sent shortly before the start of school, superintendent Dr. Ken Freeston notified families that there would be no school today for middle and high school students and cited a “water supply issue” as the cause for the sudden closure. No remote instruction was offered to students.

In an email sent to The North Salem Post, Freeston explained that the building’s water pump was not holding a prime, and added that the issue was unrelated to the district’s water filtration project. The filtration project, which has been underway for years and which North Salem CSD facilities director Dr. Joannes Sieverding has previously described as a ‘hootenanny,’ has involved ten different agencies and contractors.

Regarding Monday’s issue, Freeston said that the district’s water operator was working on a fix and that external tanks were being brought in to supply water to the building under the direction of the Westchester County Department of Health. The tank trucks will supply tested water until the pump priming issue is resolved.

The Middle School / High School building is expected to reopen tomorrow morning.

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