Faulty A/C Thursday forces Oakleaf Village Elementary to postpone classes

With repairs completed, school to re-open Friday


OAKLEAF – Oakleaf Village Elementary was forced to postpone classes Thursday after one of its air conditioners broke down.

The school lost electricity Wednesday morning at 7. Clay Electric, along with school district staff, were able to restore power to the school at 9:40 a.m. The air conditioning chillers were functional after power was restored, Clay County Superintendent Addison Davis said. But a few hours later, one of the chillers stopped working, prompting school officials to postpone classes.

“I apologize for the inconvenience, but I truly do not believe it will be fair to students or staff to endure high temperatures if we cannot get the system stable by morning,” Davis posted on Facebook Wednesday night.

Davis said air conditioning was working at parts of the school. Students weren’t released early, but parents were notified of the situation by robocalls.

“Communication updates were provided at 9:43 a.m. and 2:26 p.m.,” Davis said on Facebook. “While we recognize that both transmissions were not released to the public as directed, it is always our goal to be transparent with our community, and we will continue to make decisions that are in the best interest of students and staff.”

Davis spoke to parents Thursday morning at the school. The district said repairs were completed Thursday afternoon and classes would resume as scheduled on Friday.

The district hasn’t determined a make-up day for Thursday's closure.

The story is developing and will be updated at claytodayonline.com.


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