The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 29, 1999


Power outages plague the school

The school has experienced three major and three minor power outages since school began in September. The most recent and longest outage was on October 14 from 11:30 a.m. until 5:20 p.m., Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson told the Carlisle School Committee at their October 19 meeting. Although the teachers and students had coped with the interruptions well, she said, she is frustrated by the lack of response from Boston Edison.

The outages have affected other parts of Carlisle and other towns as well. The problems have been different each time, from squirrels in transformers to branches falling on power lines. During this last long outage, it was unclear why the power was not restored sooner, Fox-Melanson said. Because she has been unable to get answers from Boston Edison, she asked for and received approval from the CSC to contact the Department of Public Utilities for assistance.

Noting that if the power goes out in the winter, the heat also goes off, Fox-Melanson said she would be developing a plan for notifying parents in case the children have to be sent home. She said that her understanding was that a generator that could keep the school running normally in case of a power failure would cost about $100,000. Currently, battery-operated emergency lights go on when the power goes out.

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito