Second Power Outage Closes School

About 530 Moundsville Middle School students were sent home Friday morning due to a partial power outage at the school.

It was the second time this week the school canceled due to a power outage. According to Assistant Principal Sandy McAllister, school cooks coming into school at 5:45 a.m. discovered the kitchen and half of the classrooms were without power or gas and were unable to feed students a hot lunch. McAllister said the county was contacted about the situation and decided to cancel school since AEP did not have an estimate when the power would be restored.

All the computers had to be turned off, she said, and the school’s generator was shut off to prevent damage.

McAllister said buses were turned away as soon as they arrived at school and about 120 students already present were sent home. Students who rely on school meals were given a to-go breakfast bag.

“People sometimes ask why school has to be canceled, but with this many kids it’s a safety issue,” McAllister said.

The school closed earlier this week after nearly 3,000 customer lost power after thieves broke into an AEP substation at First Street and Jefferson Avenue and cut copper and other metal wires.