MANSFIELD (CBSDFW.COM) – Some parents and students in the Mansfield Independent School District are wondering if a school closure will drag into a third day. Coble Middle School was shut down after a transformer caught fire Saturday. Workers could be seen continuing with repairs on Tuesday.
Now anxious parents, like Maggie Darfoor, are left hoping they don’t get another message like the one received Monday night. “Oh yeah, they’ve been updating us,” she said. “They send emails and voicemails.”
So far those updates have not been what parents want to hear. The last school district post Darfoor saw from the district said –
“Although progress has been made, Coble Middle School is still without electricity. The safety of our students and staff will always remain our number one priority.”
With Coble closed, some 850 students are left trying to bide their time. The unexpected days off also have parents like Darfoor looking for ways to burn all the childhood energy. Speaking of her son Darfoor said, “Oh he’s bored. He’s bored. He cannot stay indoors for a second. He’s bored. Yesterday he was at home and today he wanted to come out to the park.”
Krystal Davis jumped in to help take care of her sister’s children. But she imagines the patience of other Coble parents is wearing thin. “I was able to come out, but I know it probably inconvenienced a lot of parents that have to deal with childcare and picking up.” She said her nephew is also taking a few hits. “I know he was impacted he had a football game today.”
Some kids say they’ve thought of everything they can to keep them busy. Students Stephen and Amari Taylor said they’ve just been, “Hanging out. Lunch. Extra sleep. Cleaning.”
But even the children say their patience has a limit. “At least by tomorrow. Probably, if it goes into Thursday I’ll need them to pick it up.”
The Mansfield Independent School District school board is holding an emergency meeting at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the extent and cost of the repairs.
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