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School leaders mull how to fix major water problem

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Board of Education Chairman Henry Cook Board of Education Chairman Henry Cook
Superintendent Marvin Howard Superintendent Marvin Howard

Randolph County leaders will decide this week how to fix a problem with a pump and water house that's caused students to miss school days.

County officials will meet Thursday to decide whether to replace the pump outside of Randolph-Clay Middle and High School or dig a new line.

A replacement could take around 3 months and a new line could take up to a year to complete. Replacing the pump could cost the county between $400,000 and $500,000.

Officials say each time the 30-year-old pump has failed, students have had to stay home for their safety.

"We have to get a tube of water to send off to one of two places," said Superintendent Marvin Howard. "One could be in Tallahassee, the other one could be in Dothan, Alabama. That water has to be tested before our kids can get back into school."

"The most important issue is safety and education. If you don't have a safe conducive environment, you cannot educate the students," said Board of Education Chairman Henry Cook.

After officials make the decision, construction will begin as soon as school is out for summer.

Students will not be required to make up time for missed days.

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