NC hit with power problems


NC hallway during the power outage Feb. 20. The ability to use computers, access the internet, print and light the building were partially stymied by the power problems.

Lars Lonnroth, Assistant News Editor

When teachers and students arrived at NC Tuesday, they were greeted by a campus that looked somewhat reminiscent of a horror movie. In the main building, one of the three power transformers had a blown fuse which hindered computer use, internet access and lighting capabilities.

“We definitely needed to adapt,” Lauren Oakes, a teacher in the Global Studies department, said. “Projectors, internet was down—at least in my classroom—so we couldn’t continue the media I needed to play in class, or Power Points… In a way it created some difficulties but we adapted and it may have even created a better lesson.”

In the hallways, some lights continued to shine while others flickered continuously or didn’t turn on at all. Even if the lights were partially working, some teachers kept the lights off as the flickering would be more of a nuisance.

While the power outage threw a wrench in some teacher’s plans, Administrators seemed certain school will go on as normal.

“We have been assured that Sodexo will have food service today so our plan is to adjust as necessary and carry on,” NC associate principal Kevin Brown said in an email to staff.

In order for a power outage to necessitate sending students home, the provider of school lunch—which for LT is Sodexo—must be unable to provide student’s meals.

That didn’t mean there were not other problems.

“Network access has been restored to most areas, though not all,” Director of Technology Services Ed Tennet said in an email. “Rerouting power to these areas is proving to be more of a challenge than in other areas.”

Tennet noted that printing continued to show problems into the afternoon, but reminded teachers that the NC copy center “continues to function reliably and is available for your use.”

For teacher’s whose plans were disrupted by the outage, the administration attempted to provide accommodations. NC Associate Principal Brown instructed teacher’s to contact administrative assistant Melinda Edwards if they needed to be moved to a working classroom.

“Everyone had really good communication in keeping everyone in the know about what is working and what’s not working,” Oakes said. “The main office is trying to reschedule and relocate classes so everyone is doing their part to help out.”