UPDATE: Kendrick High students to return to school; heat restored

spedersen@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 8, 2014 

Update (11:30 a.m.): Kendrick High students will be escorted back to school soon after a repair crew worked to restore heat.

Director of Communications Valerie Fuller said that all students were successfully transferred to the East Columbus and Georgetown gyms this morning. Once bathrooms at Kendrick are checked for proper operation and lunch is ready to be served, the students will be transported back.

Approximately 185 students (ninth and 10th grades) were transported to the East Columbus Gym, Fuller said. About 74 (11th and 12th grades) were sent to Georgetown. Fuller said several were checked out before the transfer took place.

Kendrick's enrollment is approximately 825 students, Fuller said.

"… I understand the main water line that feeds the boiler rusted out causing loss of pressure and water in the boiler room," Fuller emailed. "The loss of pressure effects operation of the flush valves in the restroom. To restore the loss of pressure, the water had to be turned off that serves the entire school and a new pipe short piece was installed.

"Service has been restored to meet all in-house water needs. The initial leak sprayed water onto an electrical panel that controls the boiler unit that heats the school. This electrical panel has to be serviced by Holbrook Company before heating service is restored."

Officials said although heat hasn't been restored, the indoor temperature is "adequate."

Original story: Due to a reported water overflow in the boiler room from a frozen pipe, Kendrick High School is without heat, according to Valerie Fuller, director of communications for the Muscogee County School District.

A maintenance crew is on the scene and repairs will likely take two to three hours, Fuller confirmed.

At 9 a.m., the National Weather Service was reporting the temperature in Columbus was 21 degrees. The Chattahoochee Valley hasn't had temperatures above freezing since Monday. Wednesday's high is forecasted for around 45 degrees, but that shouldn't come until well into the afternoon.

"Students are going to be served breakfast and then grouped and moved by grade level, ninth and tenth grade to East Columbus gym and 11th and 12th grade to the Georgetown gym," Fuller said in an email.

Students will be escorted with their homeroom teachers to the gym sites.

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