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Sinkhole scare closes private Tampa school

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Students won't be at Cambridge Christian School in Tampa Thursday or Friday, but engineers will.  Two areas near the school's athletic field started caving in this week and classes were closed as a precaution, according to Board of Trustees Chairman Greg Froelich.

Froelich said a facility worker discovered the first hole Monday morning near the basketball court.

"The hole was examined, filled in with dirt, and then monitored for the next several days," explained Head of School Tim Euler.

Another hole was discovered nearby Wednesday.  An engineer came to campus Wednesday afternoon and will be back Thursday morning to begin investigating the area around the depressions. 

"Through conversations with the engineer and then follow up conversations with sinkhole experts, we have discovered that sinkholes in our area are rare," Euler wrote in a letter to parents Wednesday afternoon.  "We do believe though that to err on the side of safety is essential."

Froelich said he expects classes will be able to resume on Tuesday after the Labor Day weekend.

According to the school's website, Cambridge Christian serves children in Pre-K through the 12th grade. The school is located at 6101 N. Habana Ave. in Tampa.

All on campus activities are canceled until at least Tuesday morning. Euler said the football and volleyball teams will still play their scheduled games Friday night at other schools.

Stay with WFLA.com for the latest on this developing story.

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