Andrew Johnson Elementary School closed early Wednesday and students were sent home after an electrical problem caused the air conditioning and lights to shut off in the school.
The school will also be closed Thursday.
KCS Director of Facilities Maintenance David Carper said the problem is with the school’s main 1200 amp breaker, which will need to be replaced. The part is on order, he said.
“It’s basically an air conditioning/ electrical problem,” said Kingsport City Schools Community Relations Director Amy Greear. “As the day progressed the temperature started increasing and rooms started getting hotter. They managed for as long as they could, but when we found out from an electrician that we couldn’t get the part needed to fix it pretty quickly, they went ahead and decided to send everyone home.”
Greear said students were dismissed at around 11:30 a.m.
No early bus service was run in case a parent or guardian was not at home. Instead, notices were sent out and broadcast on local media. Parents who signed up for the system’s emergency notification system were also notified via text message or e-mail.
If parents were unable to be reached, the students were sent to Ross N. Robinson Middle School.
“We sent about 35 students to Robinson so that they would have a cool place to wait,” Greear said. “They’re still tracking parents down. Some of those kids at Robinson ride a regular bus and they’re going to take their regular bus home.”
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