Archive for Tuesday, August 21, 2007

BESIC open for classes Wednesday

August 21, 2007

An electrical malfunction did cause some problems at the Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, but students were back in the building on Wednesday.

"We are in business to have school tomorrow (Wednesday)," Supt. Paul Dorathy said Tuesday evening. "The building electricity should be fine, the air conditioning will be working and we'll be in business tomorrow."

The electrical malfunction forced the evacuation of the building Tuesday afternoon. There was no fire, no one was hurt and the roughly 250 students and staff were bused to the district office.

Dorathy said BESIC Principal Tom Mundinger smelled smoke after a partial power outage. Mundinger immediately sent the students outside to the shelter area. Fire fighters, police and ambulance personnel quickly responded, but no fire was found.

Dorathy said two large surge protectors overheated and tripped the breakers in the electrical system, causing the outage and smell. The power was turned back on Tuesday, but the new surge protectors are being ordered, according to Dorathy.

"It appears we had two main breakers that tripped," said Dorathy. "You could smell a heat smell. It shut off part of the power. We then determined to turn off the rest."

The company that installed the electrical system at BESIC was in Baldwin City working on the Downtown Streetscape project and also rushed to the school. Crews were looking at electrical boards to determine what happened.

The Signal will update this story online when more information is available and a complete story with photos will be in Thursday's Signal.

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