Truman Schools suffers damage

TRUMAN – A series of issues plagued Truman Public Schools after the building was struck by lightning during an early August storm.

The storm caused damage to an elevator, floor tiles and ceiling.

The elevator was damaged through groundwater seepage after lightning took out two sump pumps. The elevator shaft flooded with five feet of water, causing $9,000 in damage.

Superintendent Tom Ames said the elevator damage should be covered by the district’s insurance policy. However, floor and ceiling damage, along with the roofing problem that caused the leak, likely will need to be repaired out of another fund.

The water damage wasn’t the only problem caused by the storm, as it also took down phone lines. Principal Tate Jerome said the lines became vulnerable to hacking while being repaired. The district was surprised when 146 international calls were made in one day, followed by another 40.

“We were hacked,” Ames said.

He said the district has taken international calling capabilities off the district’s plan to prevent more problems since the school doesn’t typically make such calls.

“If international students need to call home, they can use their cell phones,” Ames noted.

In other business Monday, the school board:

o Approved a 10-year capital projects levy to raise $125,000 per year, for a total of $1.25 million. If approved by voters on Nov. 5, the fund will be used for deferred maintenance projects and technology-related items.

o Approved repairs to the elementary school elevator related to storm damage, as well as upgrades to the elementary and high school elevator to bring them up to state code.