Needville ISD reported two incidents Friday, neither of which was serious. The first took place about 8 p.m. Thursday, when mop heads placed in a dryer by custodians at the middle school caught fire.
“There was no damage except to the mops,” Superintendent Curtis Rhodes said. “The custodians put them out, but the fire alarm had already gone off and the fire department was already dispatched.”
Principal Shannon Jedlicka, Assistant Principal Jamie Valentine and Needville ISD Police Chief Joseph Wappel immediately went to the campus as well.
“Ms. Jedlicka and Mr. Valentine let the alarm company know that everything was OK, but the fire department was already on the way. Since it’s a school district, the fire department has to thoroughly clear everything; and we’re grateful for that,” Rhodes explained. “Because the air conditioner was on, the smoke was circulated; so members of our maintenance department had to shut the air conditioning system down and open the doors to clear the smoke. Everything was back to normal in a matter of hours, and school went on as usual Friday.”
However, at about 7 a.m. Friday, a Needville school bus en route to pick up students was hit by a vehicle while the bus was turning off State Highway 36 South, on to Beard Road.
Damon ISD only houses students in grade pre-kindergarten through eight, with those in grades nine through 12 attending Needville ISD.
“The bus was turning left when the accident took place. A witness said the blinker lights were flashing and the brake lights were working,” Rhodes said. “No students were in the bus at the time and the bus sustained very little damage. We dispatched a back-up bus and ran the route like normal.”