Well, 2013 is not off to the best start for the OUSD administration. Here’s a slightly modified report I just filed:
A flood — apparently caused by a tap left on overnight — shut down the Oakland school district’s four-story administrative headquarters today. The roughly 150 employees who report there will have to work elsewhere for the rest of the week, and Wednesday’s school board meeting will be held at the newly rebuilt La Escuelita Elementary School across the street.
The problem appears to have started in the custodian’s closet, gushing three gallons of water a minute overnight until the swampy mess was discovered at 6 a.m. Tuesday, said OUSD Spokesman Troy Flint.
The water damaged some equipment, as well as the structure of the already-decaying building at 1025 Second Avenue that houses the superintendent and the human resources and payroll departments, among others.
“It’s going to take a few days to make it inhabitable again,” Flint said.
Flint said he believed the water was left on accidentally.
Employees on Tuesday morning received an email to stay home, Flint said, and most received the message in time.
Flint said customer service departments, such as HR, will temporarily be housed somewhere else. By early Tuesday afternoon, those contingency plans hadn’t been determined.
Hopefully no one has any HR emergencies today! I’ll post more information about relocated offices when it comes in.