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Boiler fixed at cool school

October 10, 2000

Boiler fixed at cool school



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer


Board of Education officials restored heat at Smithsburg High School Tuesday night after students spent two days bundled up in winter coats, hats and gloves in class.

School officials discovered the school's boiler was not working Monday morning after temperatures dipped into the 30s overnight, said Dennis McGee, the School Board's director of facilities management.

Principal Jeffrey Stouffer said he had received complaints from students and parents. He confirmed students were staying warm wearing hats, gloves and coats.

"It's pretty cool in here, but you can't see your breath," Stouffer said Tuesday afternoon.

Unable to repair the boiler Monday, the school maintenance staff returned Tuesday with Zeigler Mechanical Electrical Contractors. Workers isolated the problem, a faulty digital card that caused the boiler to keep shutting off, and had it fixed by Tuesday night, McGee said.

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McGee said the temperature readings at the school stayed in the 62 to 68 degree range Monday and Tuesday so classes were not canceled. School officials closed Hancock Middle-Senior High School Monday morning when the temperature registered 52 degrees and the boiler would not turn on.

Schools do not turn on the heat unless the temperature falls below 68 degrees, McGee said. Because the heating and air conditioning systems use the same pipes, schools are reluctant to switch to heat when there is still a possibility for hot days ahead, he said.

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