Electrical Damage at Amelia Elementary:

As some of you may have heard, the new school suffered damage from an electrical surge that occurred last Monday.  See the following article dated Friday, August 6, 2010 as was posted on cincinnati.com.  Repairs are not expected to interfere with the start of the 2010-2011 school year.

Officials in the West Clermont Local School District are meeting with adjusters and contractors to repair damage to the new Amelia Elementary’s electrical systems.   A number of electrical controls and appliances were damaged when a car hit a utility pole causing a “major power surge,” said Ed Dyer, the district’s director of operations. The damage will cost several hundred thousand dollars and includes the air conditioner chiller, the variable speed drives (which control the motors to keep the building’s energy efficient,) the boiler controls, the light ballasts, the elevator controls and a mixer in the kitchen, Dyer said. “Those are the damages we know right now, but anything electronic is suspect. We’re in the process of going through everything now,” he said. Lt. Randy McElfresh, Batavia post commander of Ohio State Highway Patrol, said the crash occurred at 6:20 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2, at Chapel Road and Ohio 132.   “The crash burned up Duke’s transformer and, as a result, the surge went into Amelia Elementary and caused major damage,” Dyer said. The elementary school repairs will be submitted as an insurance claim, Dyer said. The repairs should not delay the start of school.  “This is major, but we’ve assembled a team and we expect to have everything up and running by the first day of school (Sept. 7,)” Dyer said. “We have a month. It’s not a lot of time, but it’s time.”

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