Gas leak means late school start

Gas company officials were digging in this area outside A.B. McBay Elementary Friday, to find an underground leak that caused classes at all Mexia ISD campuses to delay opening by two hours that day. Contributed photo/Mexia ISD

An underground gas leak at Mexia’s A.B. McBay Elementary School Thursday caused a two-hour delay starting the school day for all Mexis ISD students Friday morning.

“There was just a routine check of our gas and when the guy came out to check … he noticed in the back of the cafeteria at McBay that when they put their instrument down in the ground, there was a high percentage of gas odor,” said Dr. Sharon Ross, Mexia ISD superintendent. “He said ... they recommend shutting it off until they can find where the leak is.”

Ross found out about the leak, which is underground and did not present a danger, around 3:05 p.m. Thursday. School lets out at 3:20 p.m.