West Virginia School Balks at Deductible for Heater Mishap

January 8, 2009

West Virginia’s Monongalia County Schools Superintendent Frank Devono says the district shouldn’t be on the hook for the $10,000 insurance deductible owed after an unexplained mishap last month led to major water damage at the brand-new University High School.

The school had been open for just one day when temperatures in one classroom got so high overnight they triggered the sprinklers. The sprinklers ran for hours, damaging offices and 29 classrooms. The school was closed for a few days, and some offices have been relocated.

The cause of the heater malfunction hasn’t been determined. Devono says once it has been, the party responsible should pay the deductible.

There’s no cost estimate yet for all the repairs.


Information from: The Dominion Post, http://www.dominionpost.com

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