BENTON -- A collapsed tarp is to blame for rumors circulating the Kelly Elementary School roof recently caved in, superintendent Don Moore said Wednesday.
Earlier this month workers began putting a new roof on the elementary school when the Hurricane Dennis system hit the area, resulting in several days of rain, Moore recalled.
"One of the seams was leaking, and we took out a few (ceiling) tiles and then hung up a tarp," Moore said.
The attempt to remedy the situation didn't completely work, and the tarp -- not the roof -- fell, causing some to believe the roof had caved in.
"Some of the parents whose children were attending the extended summer school session came in and saw the tarp fall," Moore said.
The tarp has since been taken down, Moore said, and the district is still being flooded with phone calls from parents inquiring about the incident and whether school would start on time.
School is still scheduled to start Aug. 18 for students with teachers back in the classrooms Aug. 15.
"We do have to finish the roof, though, before school starts, and we need a certain amount of time to do that," Moore pointed out.
Currently there are about five more days of good weather left to finish the roof, Moore said. And the roof must be finished before the air conditioning units can be restored, he added.
"School is still starting on time," Moore assured. "But if we have rain for the next two weeks, then something might change."