Updated:DELTONA, Fla. —
Crews spent Wednesday afternoon working to stabilize a Volusia County school after a hole opened up under one of the classrooms.
Officials said the problem may not be fixed before students head back to Deltona High School in the fall.
School officials said it’s not a sinkhole, but experts said there is a fine line between calling it a void and a sinkhole, but despite what the school is calling it, parents said they are concerned.
“About three weeks ago, an employee who was walking around campus noticed a hole. When I say a hole, I’m talking about something 8-10 inches in diameter,” said Volusia County schools spokesperson Nancy Wait.
Once the district was alerted, school leaders called in engineers who discovered the hole extended underneath the school.
Crews are not sure how big the hole is, but they said they are installing pilings underneath the building to make sure it’s stable and to prevent any damage.
Once the repair work started, the district reached out to parents.
Some parents said they are convinced it’s a sinkhole.
“I think the officials don’t want to worry parents. We know better than that,” said parent Iris Wisman. “Sinkholes are very unpredictable.”
School starts in August, but the work is expected to last until September.
No one is allowed in the building until the repairs are finished so classed will have to be moved.