Parent upset school didn't send kids home
© ADAM MACINNIS – THE NEWS
Chignecto Central Regional School Board operations staff were working throughout the day Monday trying to restore heat to the Temperance Street School building which now houses New Glasgow Junior High students.
Class got a bit chilly for students of New Glasgow Junior High at Temperance Street School on Monday.
Debbie Buott Matheson said when staff arrived Monday morning the school felt a little cool so they called in the operations staff. Initially the Chignecto Central Regional School Board staff thought they’d have the problem fixed and heat restored shortly, but it turned out to be a tougher fix than they first expected. By the time they realized they wouldn’t get it done before the end of the school day, it was too late to bother calling parents, she said.
“It was probably a little after lunch when they discovered it was a bigger issue,” she said.
Temperatures dropped in the school to about 16ºC and students were bundled in their coats at their desks.
Rose Ann Robson Gillis said she was upset when she picked up her son to find out from him about the situation. She said the school board should have done something to contact the parents sooner.
“How much can you learn when you’re freezing?” she said.
Buott Matheson said it was an unusual situation with cascading events. She said the school will be cancelled Tuesday if the problem hasn’t been fixed and parents will be notified through the CCRSB website and media outlets first thing in the morning.