NMHS Gas Leak Suspected To Be Near Pool

A gas leak was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon, but the damaged pipeline has yet to be found.

Bonetti Construction crews will be at the for the third consecutive day starting at 8 a.m. Friday to focus on an area believed to be where a gas pipeline is damaged.

Inspection of the school’s pipelines has been under way since a gas leak was suspected on Tuesday.

Pressure tests of the gas pipelines were conducted Thursday and it was determined that the damage is likely near the area where the high school’s weight room and pool are located, Superintendent of Schools Dave Marken said.

What exactly is damaged and the age and size of the pipeline is unknown, but Marken said the construction workers think it might be an an elbow joint pipee. Marken said he does not anticipate that the repairs to the damaged pipe will be fixed by the end of Friday.

Damages to a pipeline were reported Tuesday afternoon after someone caught wind of a “faint smell of gas,” Marken said. Newark Memorial High School parents have told Newark Patch they smelled gas as early as Sunday during a showing of ""

Marken said PG&E officials were called to the high school on Tuesday and that gas services going into the school were immediately shut down once PG&E confirmed that a gas leak was present.

Electricity has not been impacted but the classes have resumed without heat in the classrooms, Marken said.

PG&E spokeswoman Monica Tell has said the damaged pipeline is not a major pipeline and that because it is on ’s property, the district is charged with getting it repaired.

Tell added that an area where a suspected fault is is safe so long as gas services are shut off.

"There is no gas service currently to the school, so there is no immediate danger as a result of that. And now it’s really just about (making repairs) to have gas services restored," Tell said.

Mona Taplin November 18, 2011 at 04:33 PM
It's going to be a chilly day today with no heat in the school!
Patricia November 18, 2011 at 04:45 PM
Yay! Making progress!
James November 18, 2011 at 06:27 PM
The kids will be fine with the cold, when I attended my Teachers used to send me outside with my Desk even during Rainy days and I survived.
Mona Taplin November 18, 2011 at 07:45 PM
Wow! You weren't in MY class James. I never would have put you out in the cold and rain.
James November 18, 2011 at 08:25 PM
Why thank you Mona. I had a few Teachers who would pop veins in their heads and go Postal on me. When I attended NJHS a Social Studies Teacher by the name of Haans, used to slam his Huge Teachers Binder on his desk and yell to get out of his class. LOL One time I told him I was going to Karts n Golf and he replied with "I don't care where you go, but your leaving my class" not sure if he thought I was BSing but I ended up Jumping the fence and going anyway. It was short lived though as FPD picked me up. I explained the situation and of course they didn't believe, came back to have a long conversation with Mr ilg and my Teacher said I "Took his words out of Context", anyway they ended up sending me to the In-house Suspension room for that Period. NMHS Teachers were more calm and less dramatic they would just pick up my books / backpack and sit it outside and tell me to leave then close the door. lmao Good Times!
Mona Taplin November 18, 2011 at 09:03 PM
A long time ago I worked in elementary schools the (old Muller school and Schilling-) with dyslexic and aphasic children.I also tutured students for several years. I would have raised merry old hell had anyone treated one of MY kids that way! But then it is very difficult for a teacher to have someone constantly interrupting class work.What was your big thing against school?
Jody Montgomery November 18, 2011 at 09:13 PM
I was at the performance of Grease on the weekend when the smell was wafting our way. I contacted Air Quality and they told me it was an Evergreen Oil problem and the fire dept. was on site. Interesting don't you think?
James November 18, 2011 at 09:37 PM
I've always been rather Unique in the sense that I see the World around me from a very different Perspective. As a Special Ed Student from First to 5th, I got teased by "Normal" kids everyday. "Retard" was the in thing at the time, primarily just Entertainment for kids whose Parents thought it was OK to Torment us "Freaks". I also was experiencing the Onset of OCD, both Students and Teachers alike didn't understand and I couldn't really explain it to them.When I got mainstreamed in 6th grade, I lost my Support System and began to find myself in Violent Situations with older kids. Fights were pretty regular. When I got to Junior High I had a whole range of Emotions flowing through my Teenage mind, I began to fight back and question Authority. Faculty didn't care what the problem was as long as I wasn't interfering with their precious classrooms. I got into this sort of Destructive mindset where I didn't care what happened anymore. Cuss out my Teachers, Challenge my Teachers, Pull other kids out of their Desks and Physically Attack them. I was surrounded by all those people and yet at the same time Utterly Alone, the weirdo. I finally snapped and just wanted out. Didn't care if I got suspended, expelled, or got a Incomplete as long as I was off School Grounds I could be myself and maintain some kind of sanity.
Mona Taplin November 18, 2011 at 10:12 PM
Jody, that's not interesting. That's disgusting to say the very least.
Mona Taplin November 18, 2011 at 10:24 PM
James, I hear you loud and clear! I quit school after finishing 11th grade because I'd had more than enough bullying. I graduated in Adult education right here in Newark Then I picked up some college, etc. Anyway, that's where my undying interest in top quality education for ALL students came from, and that's where my strong feelings against all forms of bullying came from, be it verbal or physical. You know as well as I do that most of those actions stem from the adults, and from them to the kids, and many of those same adults are just so puzzled as to what motivates kids to act out against each other. There is absolutely no excuse for it. It has to change.
James November 19, 2011 at 05:08 AM
Mona, After I got pulled out of School by my Parents, I waited until I turned 18 to attend Fremont Adult School. It was such a Major difference compared to Newark Schools, everyone had their own Lives, families, issues that they didn't have the time nor need to screw with you over stupid stuff. I was fortunate enough to be assigned to one of the most Popular Classes on the Calaveras Campus and to my surprise I was greeted by other Newark "Rejects". Fremont people referred to us as "Newark Transplants" LOL. They were all Anti Newark too and labeled our Citizens as "D^&^'S and Snobs". Our Teacher was very influential, he'd tell me that Education although very Important was in itself just a Symbol of Society, a Piece of Paper and it doesn't reflect on us as Individuals. He didn't Judge, he gave it to you straight and most of all he respected us as people. I ended up making my choice and everything he told me was spot on about how the World works. I Officially don't have an Education on Paper anyway, haven't really needed one since every Job I've ever had was due to who I knew instead of how Paper Legit I was. I remember I applied to one Job, and they flat out rejected me because of No Diploma. Turned out one of my old Supervisors knew someone in HR at this Job Site, poof one word and I was hired on at much more than they Originally Offered. It's completely disgusting how Modern Society works. All about who you know, not what you know.
Mona Taplin November 19, 2011 at 04:45 PM
A very bright boy from my school days was a genius in our minds. He just sailed thru every class with flying colors.Very smart. He was a nice kid too, not a bully. After he finished college he never succeeded in any job he attempted. His written records could get him jobs, but he couldn't keep them.He had the ability to learn facts, but couldn't put his knowledge into productive activity. He could get jobs easily, but couldn't keep them. That isn't that all fired uncommon. He finally settled down in more mediocre jobs where he didn't need a degree. Then a direct opposite situation was Albert Einstien's teachers thought he was mentally retarded. Now how did we get on this subject when this forum is about the gas being turned off at the high school??
James November 19, 2011 at 05:32 PM
My point about Jobs is that when your in School Educators drill this propaganda into your head about how you need an Education in order to succeed in life. Yet Thousands if not Millions get by every single day without a piece of paper declaring them Competent. As for the Subject, you asked a question I responded! Those who know me in person know better then to engage me in off Topic Subject Matter as I have this Affect. :P
Mona Taplin November 19, 2011 at 05:49 PM
I already knew it was me who got us off on the wrong subject, and what I helped you prove is that diploma isn't always the criteria for success in the business world. I still feel education is very important, but we still need to look at everyone's real ability. Not just what it says about him/her on paper.
James November 19, 2011 at 06:39 PM
Agreed. If someone wants to seek out an Education, I have no problem with it and I wish them good luck with it. I had Aspirations of my own, but when my School Career got Derailed I came to realize that it was no longer Important for me to Pursue it as there was no turning back time. I should have Graduated with the rest of my Class, but once it was too late it no longer mattered.to me. I used to Love School even when I got called a Retard. I immersed myself in Campus Libraries for hours on end Reading and Learning. My Two strongest Subject's were Math and Science. Math was not a Choice, I obsessed over Numbers in my head 24/7. As someone with OCD, I am a Counter and I've always had this Knack for completing seriously complex Math Problems without needing to put it onto Paper or use a Calculator. I was always into Science, but it became solidified when I was a Student of Stacie Hoffman. She was the only Teacher I ever had who could reel me in and understand me. Her class always brought a Smile to my face even when I didn't feel like Smiling. So yeah, I think Education is extremely Important but I'm not sure if a Piece of paper is for everyone and I urge those pondering the same thing to really self reflect and decide if it's something they Need vs something they Want.
Mona Taplin November 19, 2011 at 07:20 PM
Direct opposite from me. Science was my downfall. Math I lagged behind in, but my first full time job after I quit was in a dress shop where I sold stuff of course, but I also did the daily bookeeping. That learning experience was far better than any teacher could pound into my head. Yes I believe that K12 education is extremely important for most,but not all, assuming we have top quality educators. I've met a lot of those, but I've also met some of the teachers in the wrong profession too right here in Newark during the years I worked for the school district. I think beyond K12 is a matter of what is best for the individual,-not everyone fitting into the same boat. Yep, I've also met a few educated fools along the way who could not think beyond what someone told them was fact. I'll also admit I'm one of those people who believe very strongly in outer space and deep sea exploration, even if my mind doesn't comprehend all that's involved.


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