Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Update: Power back on at 12 Charleston County schools

After two-hour cold delay, power goes down

Posted by Paul Bowers on Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM

UPDATE, 11:35 a.m.: The College of Charleston does not plan to cancel classes for the first day of the spring semester, which starts tomorrow. According to spokesman Mike Robertson, power and water have not been interrupted in the dormitories.


UPDATE, 11:25 a.m.: The Charleston County Charter School for Math & Science sent students home early today at 10:45 a.m. "We had a power outage, it was getting a little too cold, and we didn't have a way of providing lunch to the students," says Miracle Ingram, the school's receptionist. A school district spokesman says that, as a charter school, CCCSM had the ability to make a decision independently of the district.


UPDATE, 11:15 a.m.: Power has been restored at all 12 schools, and water service has been restored at West Ashley High School. Rolling power outages could continue to take place throughout the rest of the day. District officials will hold a press conference between 2 and 4 p.m. today regarding the district's plans for tomorrow.


Charleston County School District officials reported at 10:35 a.m. that power was out at a dozen schools across the district. The outages, which may be part of SCE&G's rolling blackouts due to "weather-driven mechanical issues" at power plants statewide, are at the following schools:

• Buist Academy

• Mary Ford Elementary

• Dunston Primary

• School of the Arts

• Academic Magnet High School

• Liberty Hill Academy

• North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary

• Charleston Progressive Academy

• Lowcountry Tech Academy

• Charleston County Medical Society

• James Simons Elementary School

•Mitchell Elementary

Additionally, West Ashley High School is reporting that it has no running water. The district has not announced a decision yet about early dismissals.

The district delayed school openings by two hours this morning due to the extreme cold weather. Power has been restored to the following schools at the following times Drayton Hall Elementary (9:20 a.m.), James B. Edwards Elementary (9:40 a.m.) and Murray LaSaine Elementary (10:01 a.m.).

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