Sinkhole on campus indicator of much bigger problems


Raymund Chun (AV Math Teacher)

Workers exploring the sinkhole which was an indicator of bigger problems with the water line to Amador Valley. The sinkhole was caused by a broken pipe underground between the B building and A building.

Anita Ratna Gautam, Staff Writer

Last week Amador Valley campus had a few problems with the water system which caused a water shut off and all of the bathrooms on campus to be closed. 

The leak is located between the office and the building and was only located after the 3rd period. It is located right under the window of B-4, Mr. Chun’s classroom. 

“Well the process of me finding out, was the kids were joking about a goblin hole outside of the room, so I didn’t understand that there was an actual problem outside. This was around 2nd and 3rd periods. I was hearing a lot of noise outside in  the morning. It appears that no one reported this gigantic hole that opened up outside of the room which was maybe 2 and a half feet wide and 3 feet deep. And that’s bad. Students probably just thought it was due to the rain because it was filled with water,”- said AV Math Teacher Raymond Chun

The hole was a large size, around 2 feet wide and 3 feet deep  and can fit a person inside, which made a very big safety concern. Another safety concern is water being shut off, which would cause a lot of safety protocols to go into place. 

“When we came in the next morning the water was still shut off. And so we had to have an emergency plan because students were on campus, and you can’t run a campus without water. That’s like the law. But it has to be a certain amount before we can shut the school down. Then we were putting plans in place to bring porta-potties and like bottles of water and where are gonna set this up and how we are gonna get announcements out to the public. By late morning they had fixed it and we didn’t have to bring the porta potties out, but this campus was almost covered in porta-potties,” – said AV Vice Principal Melanie Harris.

Amador Valley campus avoided being shut off because of Mr. Chun’s report, but this brought a lot of concerns about if students can report problems around campus. 

“But at the same time if the kids are seeing something on campus, they should definitely make sure to report it to the administration because it is dangerous. I had to report it again because at first it looked like the hole had water at the bottom in the morning and I thought it was just due to rain, but then later on in the day it looked like water was pouring out of the hole after school,” said Chun