Classes will resume at Wyvetter Younge Middle School on Monday following emergency repairs to the school's air conditioning system. Thieves damaged the system while apparently stealing copper.
Emergency repairs began last Monday - delaying the start of the new school year for over 300 middle school students.
Initially, school officials believed the work could delay school by two weeks. However, repairs took less than one.
To make up for the week of class time, the district will extend school hours by 27 minutes everyday. Starting Monday morning, classes will be dismissed at Wyvetter Younge Middle School at 3:27 p.m. instead of 3:00 p.m. The schedule change will be in place through Friday, December 17th.
Emergency repairs to the air conditioning cost the district $75,000. Superintendent Dr. Theresa Saunders told News4 the district hired security to guard the air conditioning unit on nights and weekends. Dr. Saunders said the security guards would remain on site until the district could have new security measures, including improved lighting and fencing, approved by the school board.