BANCROFT (WAOW) – For the third time this winter, students at Bancroft Elementary School had to be transferred to another school Monday because of a frozen water pipe, Superintendent Dan Boxx said.
“This is my seventh year as district administrator and I don't remember it happening before,” he said.
The 35 students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten were bused about seven miles to a school in Almond to continue classes, he said.
The pipe from a well to the Bancroft school is partially above ground and electrical tape wrapped around it didn't work because the electricity went out, Boxx said. The pipe was thawed out by noon but the decision was made to leave the students in Almond, he said.
It has been a tough winter with the rather unique piping system, he said.
“It is like a fight. You get hit on the right side. You turn. You get hit on the left side. It is crazy,” the superintendent said.
Below-zero cold - sometimes to minus 20 and colder - and daytime temperatures in the single digits have gripped central Wisconsin for days.