The Harrison County Board of Education took steps on Tuesday night to make sure students are safe at the new Lumberport Middle School, by funding the costs of a nearby well to be plugged.
"It was never a problem as long as the high school was there because it was probably grandfathered in before this School Building Authority even existed. So now that the School Building Authority is there, we're building something new, you have to play by their rules," said Superintendent Susan Collins.
During an emergency meeting, the board voted four to one to pay $172,000 to the Lorna Howard Gas Account LLC, the owner of the well. This well is about 200 feet away from where the new school will be. According to an agreement, the owners will chose a company to plug that well.
"We want to be safe, rather than sorry. Even though it's 200 feet away, it could still have gas leak into the school and make our students and staff sick," said Harrison County Board of Education President Michael Queen.
The school board will pay 75% will be paid up front and the other 25% will be paid after the well is plugged. The board will not own the well but it does own the land.
The new Lumberport Middle School is set to be completed by January 2015.