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Broken water pipes close Arlington academy

Fellowship Academy in southwest Arlington has canceled classes Monday and Tuesday after multiple water pipes burst and flooded classrooms over the weekend.

Monica Collier, school administrator, notified parents on the school's Web site that the staff was working on a relocation plan with the goal of resuming classes on Wednesday.

Fellowship Academy, 7000 U.S. 287, is a non-denominational Christian school that teaches about 200 students, kindergarten through 12th grade. It was founded in 2000 by Fellowship of the Metroplex Church, according to the school's Web site.

Freezing temperatures caused the bursts. Collier on Monday morning said the first one happened at about 5 p.m. Friday.

"But the big breaks were Saturday morning," she said. "My husband and some other men were here walking around and they heard it happen. There was a total of five or six breaks."

The kindergarten and first grade classrooms, along with high school and junior high rooms were flooded, but the second through fifth grade areas were spared, Collier said.

All pipes were repaired over the weekend, she said, and the staff was focusing on other repairs.

"Not being a contractor, I have no idea how long it will take," Collier said.

Canceling classes Monday and Tuesday gives school officials time to develop a relocation plan.

"Several churches and businesses have called us and offered their resources," she said in a letter to parents. "As we make plans, please be aware that we may need to make up time that we have lost."

Collier said all basketball games this week will be played as scheduled and a field trip to Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth on Wednesday also will go on as planned.

Some of the students came up to the school Saturday and they were shocked and saddened by the water damage, Collier said. Other students expressed their emotions on social networking Web sites, she said.

Collier was confident, however, that the school would be restored.

"We're gong to overcome, and God is going to give us the strength we will need to do that," Collier said. "Hopefully that's what the community will see -- that even through adversity, he will give the strength we need."

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