Published DateLACONIA — Superintendent Bob Champlin told the School Board last night that January 29 power outage at Elm Street School was caused by a small twig lodged under a electrical transformer.
He said he was called at 5 a.m. by a fellow employee who lives on Elm Street and knew about the power outage. He said every other school had power so he was faced with a choice of canceling Elm Street School for the day or rerouting the children to other area schools.
Fortunately, he said, "tremendous communications" between him and Public Service of New Hampshire meant the power was back on by 7:15 a.m.
He said the school lost power a second time around 1 p.m. and that's when PSNH determined a small twig had become lodged under a transformer.
Champlin said the day was reasonably warm and sunny and the school day was barely disrupted because PSNH was able to quickly fix the problem.
He said he brought the incident to the board because he wanted them to know how efficient the school and PSNH work together.
In other School Board news, Champlin said Laconia Middle School Vice Principal Chris Ennis and Police Capt. Matt Canfield have continued to work to improve school security throughout the city.
He said that while the specific details of many of the school district and police protocols regarding school emergencies are not public information, he wanted the board and the general public to know that both agencies are constantly communicating.
"We keep working on it although it's a relatively quiet topic," he said.