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Power restored to Augusta elementary school

Sara Caldwell/ Staff
Pupils from Meadowbrook Elementary School step off a Richmond County school bus at Glenn Hills Middle School, where they had been taken Wednesday after a power outage at their school. The pupils waited in the middle school gym for their parents to pick them up.
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Meadowbrook Elementary was shut down and the pupils taken to another school Wednesday, after the power went out about 10 a.m.

Pupils from Meadowbrook Elementary School step off a Richmond County school bus at Glenn Hills Middle School, where they had been taken Wednesday after a power outage at their school. The pupils waited in the middle school gym for their parents to pick them up.   Sara Caldwell/Staff
Sara Caldwell/Staff
Pupils from Meadowbrook Elementary School step off a Richmond County school bus at Glenn Hills Middle School, where they had been taken Wednesday after a power outage at their school. The pupils waited in the middle school gym for their parents to pick them up.

According to Georgia Power Co. spokeswoman Konswello Monroe, someone in a nearby subdivision was digging and struck an underground line, causing electricity to be cut at the school and 50 surrounding houses.

The power was restored about 3 p.m., and Georgia Power said it did not expect any more electrical troubles in the area, Monroe said.

When the electricity went out, Meadowbrook pupils were transferred to Glenn Hills Middle School, where they spent the day in the gymnasium or the auditorium watching a movie, according to Richmond County schools spokesman Louis Svehla.

Parents had the choice of picking their children up early or waiting for them to be bused home at the end of the day.

Messages were sent to parents who use the Global Connect call system notifying them of the power outage and transfer of their children, Svehla said.

Classes will resume on a normal schedule at Meadowbrook today, Svehla said.

Staff Writer Meg Mirshak contributed to this article.

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toppergem
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toppergem 08/10/11 - 12:36 pm
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Wow! Things are not looking

Wow! Things are not looking to good with this year's school opening.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 08/10/11 - 02:25 pm
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This is to be expected when

This is to be expected when you start school in early August, which is the Hottest time of the year in the deep south. Most schools up north don't start till after Labor day.. and their temperatures are milder in August than down here. It seems to be they ought to go back to the schedule they used over 25 years ago.. get out a little bit later, first week of June and start later.. that way the schools are not opening during the worst heat of the year.. When will common sense prevail on this? Starting school at the beginning of August in Augusta, GA is just plain idiotic

XXYY
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XXYY 08/10/11 - 02:42 pm
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Common sense will prevail

Common sense will prevail when there are new people that have fresh ideas on the Board.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 08/10/11 - 03:12 pm
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xxyy.. well don't hold your

xxyy.. well don't hold your breath.. I notice that voters tend to return the incumbents back to the school board year after year. You have some on there that have made a career out of being on the school board

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 08/10/11 - 04:33 pm
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The sheer expense of running

The sheer expense of running and maintaining Air Conditioners in the school during the hottest months of the year has to be prohibitive. What are they thinking? It's no wonder they break down. Everything is. I bet the bus drivers who had to ship the sweaty little children to Glenn Hills Elementary just loved adding that to their pile of troubles.

showboat
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showboat 08/10/11 - 07:33 pm
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PLEASE READ THE ARTICLE
Unpublished

PLEASE READ THE ARTICLE BEFORE MAKING BAD STATEMENTS ABOUT THE BOE AND MEMBERS. A PERSON WAS DIGGING AND CUT A POWER LINE, HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SCHOOL STARTING IN AUGUST. IF SCHOOL WOULD START AFTER LABOR DAY WE STILL WOULD HAVE SOME PARENTS STILL WOULDHAVE SOME NEGTIVE THINGS TO SAY.

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corgimom 08/10/11 - 08:50 pm
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What difference does it make

What difference does it make if kids start in August and go till May, or start in September and go until June? Hot is hot, and it gets hot in Augusta in April and stays that way until October.

This had nothing to do with the temperature.

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KSL 08/10/11 - 09:04 pm
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Actually traditionally it is

Actually traditionally it is not as hot in April as it is in June. And it's hotter in August than it is in September. And yes, we do have global warming, but not carbon dioxide induced, but cyclical changes. It happens and we have to deal with it. We are in a warming cycle. But I will ask you. Are they growing grapes in England like they did in a warming cycle prior to the industrial revolution, before 1500, 1600?

Some NASA data has just come out that more heat is given off into outer space during a warming cycle than the computer models stated and they have scientific proof of that.

Kerry is a greedy opportunistic fraud.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 08/11/11 - 01:58 am
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corgimon.. it makes a big

corgimon.. it makes a big difference when you have straight days of 100 degree plus temps.. versus temps in the 80s. Early Augusta is historically the HOTTEST time of the year in Augusta.. global warming or not. Certainly one would think you would schedule summer break to include the hottest 2 months of the year. But in Augusta, they start school at what is historically the hottest time of the year. Makes no sense at all and it costs more in utility costs at a time when school budgets are being cut. Certainly they could adjust the school calendar to reflect reality. Not to mention school busses are not air conditioned..how would you like your 7 year old rding around on a bus at 4 pm in 104 temperatures? When I was in school we started after Labor Day.. things always worked out pretty well.

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Cadence 08/11/11 - 02:26 am
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When I was in school there

When I was in school there was no AC, just a fan in the front of the room that looked left and right. It was hot as (fill in your favorite metaphor here). Cars had no AC either, for the most part. Made you appreciate shade a lot more. And swimming pools. And a breeze at night. God bless Louis Carrier or whomever invented air conditioning.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 08/11/11 - 03:37 pm
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Come on, corgimom, you make

Come on, corgimom, you make the school year start earlier AND end later, there are MORE hot school days! THAT'S the point! The school year is getting longer and the summer vacation shorter.

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