Stratford High closed Wednesday following power outage

By Melvin Mason

Stratford High School did not open for classes on Wednesday after portions of the building were found to be without power following Tuesday’s power outage.

Public Works Director Maurice McCarthy said Wednesday that several older electrical switches in the building were unable to be reset during a power surge late Tuesday. McCarthy said the building’s main disconnect tripped when power was restored after Tuesday’s power outage, but it was reset. The problem surfaced further in the system when the older switches were tripped and were unable to be reset.

Some rooms in Stratford High have power, but the building cannot be occupied without full power, he said.

McCarthy said his department is looking for older replacement parts because the current system’s parts are no longer available in stores.

Superintendent Janet Robinson said public works notified her of the issue at about 2 a.m. She notified parents early this morning that classes could not be held. SHS and Nichols Elementary School were affected by Tuesday’s outage, which was caused by a downed wire in the area of Main Street and Barnum Avenue. Nearly 2,200 United Illuminating customers in Stratford were without power for a time on Tuesday.

McCarthy said he will know later today if classes can be held on Thursday, but as of 11 a.m., he was not sure.

Robinson said she hopes classes can resume Thursday. The damage, she said, demonstrates the need to make extensive renovations to the high school.

“It demonstrates the condition of the old building. It’s got old boilers, everything there is old and past its prime,” Robinson said.

The Town Council is expected to vote on resolutions at its March 14 meeting to approve the town going forward with a $125.9 million renovation