Dozens of Powell Middle School Students Check-Out After Power Outage
UPDATE: 9/20/2016, 10:10 A.M. – Officials have confirmed that all students who checked out of school Monday will receive an excused absence.
BROOKSVILLE – A power outage is to blame for a chaotic situation at a local middle school, where dozens of parents have lined the sidewalk, waiting to check their children out of school.
Immediately after school opened this morning, parents began receiving text messages and phone calls from their children, claiming that temperatures were too hot inside the classroom, and that power was out.
By 9:30 a.m., a long line of very unhappy parents stood outside waiting to pick up their children.
School administrators say the power is back on but that it could take hours to cool the classrooms.
There are unconfirmed reports that the school lost power over the weekend but that repairs were not conducted prior to this morning. The school board has not responded to our requests for comment at this time.
Parents are upset that they were not notified of the problem, prior to dropping their kids off to school.
UPDATE: 9/19/2016, 1:30 P.M. – According to HCSB spokesperson, Karen Jordan, “There was no prior information regarding loss of power shared with Board or anyone else.
Powell Middle School reported they were without power at 7:45 AM Monday morning. District electricians were dispatched immediately. The outage originated from Withlacoochee River Electric. Power was restored to campus at 9:37 shortly after students arrived at 9:15.
Currently, AC is fully restored to most of the campus with the front office, cafeteria and a few classrooms have partial AC. District air conditioning technicians are working to bring full AC power to those remaining locations. ”
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