Smell of natural gas at local school continues

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Natural gas service to Roseland Park Elementary was suspended again Monday after complaints of a leak were made.

Picayune School District Assistant Superintendent Brent Harrell said that the report was made Monday at about 9:20 a.m. after a “small number” of people indicated they smelled natural gas within the building.

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Service to the building was turned off, and testing was underway as of Monday afternoon to determine if a leak was still occurring in the building.

According to previous coverage, Harrell said the campus has been dealing with a natural gas leak for at least a week and a half. Attempts to fix the problem occurred over the next few days as crews replaced fittings and even removed cooking equipment from the cafeteria late last week.

While those repair attempts were conducted, students were given sack lunches since the natural gas service was suspended to the building. Monday, preparation of the day’s lunches had been completed by the time the report of a smell was made. However, Harrell said students may be served sack lunches again if the problem persists Tuesday.