Metro Nashville Public Schools will remain closed Wednesday as maintenance crews work to resolve heating issues at several buildings caused by the extreme cold this week.
School officials say HVAC crews have received 120 tickets since Tuesday morning for heating issues systemwide.
Almost all of the problems are for individual classrooms.
There are 16 technicians split into two-man crews working to address the issues at this time.
Below is a statement released by the district Tuesday afternoon:
NASHVILLE, TN (January 7, 2014) – Metro Schools will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 8, as district maintenance and transportation crews work overtime to resolve mechanical issues brought on by the extremely cold temperatures of the past three days.
Transportation and maintenance staffs have been preparing equipment and working extended hours since before the cold weather began to minimize its affects. On Tuesday, transportation staff reported numerous buses would not start during morning checks. Many of these buses were operational Monday. In addition, maintenance crews received more than 130 calls about heat in schools, mostly in portable classrooms, as well as numerous frozen and broken pipes.
"While weather forecasts show temperatures are warming, we have many portable classrooms that we have not been able to get enough heat to during the day and many buses that would not start this morning," said Chief Operating Officer Fred Car. "Since staff reported today, we have also had numerous calls about frozen pipes and, as temperatures have warmed, also for broken pipes. For these reasons we made the decision to close Wednesday."
Employees will continue working extended hours to make all needed repairs and the district will use its website, www.mnps.org, social media (www.facebook.com/MetroSchools and @MetroSchools on Twitter), and call system to update families and staff. Staff should consider the closing as a snow day for reporting purposes.
The district is at work on its 2014-15 capital budget that is expected to include plans to expand schools and reduce the use of portable classrooms.
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