The Poly/Western boiler saga continues
I just talked to a tired Keith Scroggins, the school system's COO, who's been up most of the night dealing with various building problems. At 5 a.m., engineers discovered that the replacement part for the main Poly/Western boiler that was just installed -- enabling the complex to open yesterday after two days shut down -- is not working. And so, without much heat in the building, Scroggins had to close again today. A second vendor is evaluating the part to see if it's faulty; the assumption right now is that it is. Scroggins says he'll do everything he can to have the part in place for the schools to reopen Monday. "We can't afford to continue with this," he said.
Even though the state money to replace the boilers ($2 million) has not yet been secured, Scroggins said the system has to start planning for the project now. Unfortunately, though, it can't happen before the summer because there won't be any heat (or air conditioning) while the replacement is underway.