Some parents promptly told Greenback administrators they were withdrawing their children from the kindergarten-12th grade school, some parts of which date to the late 1930s, because of safety concerns.
The school was closed most of last week to check the entire facility for leaks. It had been cleared to reopen Tuesday.
The smell of the odorant used in natural gas, which is naturally odor-free, was evident today in the gymnasium. The state Fire Marshal found the leak and ordered everyone out of the room.
The Loudon County school board's maintenance committee toured the school today.
Gas leak at Greenback SchoolStaff Reports The Daily Times
The leak was detected in the locker room area. Officials did not order an evacuation.
The Loudon County Building Committee held a meeting this morning at the school to discuss the school's gas leaks. While committee members were at the school they were notified of the locker room gas leak and went to investigate.
Officials have recommended that employees pull out the heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit, cap it and replace it with an electrical HVAC unit, said Principal Joey Breedlove.