Heat could be out at Pines Elementary School all week

WASHINGTON COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - An Eastern Carolina elementary school could be closed through the weekend because of no heat.

Students at Pines Elementary School were sent home early on Monday after the Washington County School system learned the heating system could not be fixed.

Tuesday was an optional workday for staff as crews worked to repair the problem.

The school system says students will be out again Wednesday and Thursday while they await a new part to come in. It is possible that they could be out all week.

Washington County Union School in Roper and Creswell Elementary also had heating issues Monday morning but those were resolved.

It was back in December that classes had to be canceled at Plymouth High School because of a broken heating system. It was then that Superintendent Yanisha Mann said that it was time to begin thinking about investing in new buildings and facilities.

"We are tasked by the state of North Carolina to provide education for kids, but if I don't have running adequate facilities, that all goes out the window," says Superintendent Yanisha Mann.

She says the school board has been speaking with county commissioners, looking at grants, and working on a letter-writing campaign to state representatives to hopefully find ways to fund the school.

They've also started a Go Fund Me page to help raise money. You can find the link on the right side of this page.


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A cold morning greeted students at a few different schools in one Eastern Carolina school system.

Superintendent Yanisha Mann says that students at Pines Elementary School were sent home when it was determined their heating system needed repairs. Mann says repairs are being made and they hope to be ready for classes Tuesday.

Washington County Union School in Roper and Creswell Elementary also had heating issues this morning but those were resolved. Mann says that the temperature in those schools is now between 68 and 75 degrees.

It was back in December that classes had to be cancelled at Plymouth High School because of a broken heating system. Mann has said that it's time to begin thinking about investing in new buildings and facilities.