Earthquake damage causes concern for Burrton schools

Published: Aug. 16, 2019 at 3:29 PM CDT
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Burrton Public Schools moved its student body from the high school to the elementary school following an earthquake Friday morning.

The district said there were concerns about damage to the high school and central office. The City of Burton and a structural engineer were called out to both locations to assess potential damage and to ensure utilities were correctly functioning.

District officials say preliminary findings show most of the facilities are fine, including the high school, but there may be some damage to the central office.

"Our top priority in our decision-making was the safety of student and staff. This is a new experience for all of us, but please know that we do have emergency plans ready when needed," said the district in a release on Facebook.

Because the cafeteria is in the high school, buses were used to serve lunch at Burrton City Hall. Classes resumed as normal throughout the day and will be in session as normal on Monday.