Updated: Evening power outage closes Blaine schools

Updated on Monday, October 3.

Blaine High School will remain closed on Tuesday, October 4 following a days-long attempt by the district to restore power.

Parents received calls late in the evening on September 28 following a powerful electrical surge that interfered with internet and phone services and caused structural damage to the high school. According to the school district, the cause is still under investigation.

Grades K-8 returned to class September 30, but power at the high school has yet to be restored. School officials haven’t determined when class will reopen for high school students – they predict sometime this week. Crews are in the process of routing a new electrical supply line to the school and must complete several tests before reopening classrooms.

Administrative assistant to the superintendent, Tina Padilla, confirmed that there was no fire, however, the power surge “resulted in significant damage to the electrical room.”

All on-campus activities were cancelled on September 29, including the primary school open house and Monday’s volleyball game, both of which will be rescheduled.

Parents will be updated by phone and on the school district’s website: www.blaine.wednet.edu.

Photos courtesy of the Blaine School District.

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