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Heat issue closes Athol High School early

  • Students at Athol High School head home early after an issue with the school’s heat on Tuesday.   STAFF PHOTO/ADAM HARGRAVES

  • Students at Athol High School go home early after an issue with the school’s heat on Tuesday.   STAFF PHOTO/ADAM HARGRAVES

  • Students at Athol High School go home early after an issue with the school’s heat on Tuesday.   STAFF PHOTO/ADAM HARGRAVES

Staff Writer
Published: 1/15/2019 9:00:55 PM
Modified: 1/15/2019 9:00:59 PM

ATHOL – With the days continuing to mount without multiple school cancellations due to snow, the Athol High School student population got an afternoon off for a different reason on Tuesday.

The school’s primary and secondary heating system failed early in the morning leading to an early dismissal just before 11.

Many faculty and staff had their jackets on around the time of dismissal. Some would walk up to a heater and feel for something warm from the vents.

The forecast called for a low of 18 degrees with a high of of 34 degrees on Tuesday.

“At 6:45 administration received notice that the heater wasn’t working,” assistant principal David King said. “We were notified that they had maintenance staff working on fixing the problem and had assurances that it would be fixed fairly quickly.”

Fixing the issue took a little longer than expected and the school brought in an outside company to assist who also had a hard time identifying the problem. It was found that parts in an outside boiler had become frozen.

When it became 9 a.m. and the building still did not have heat the school worked on an exit plan according to King.

“That’s when we sent out the communication,” King said. “It said we had an issue with the heat and at that point parents starting coming for dismissals.”

The heat was eventually fixed, and students at Athol High School will be back on Wednesday.


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