Cold lessons: Boiler fails, E. Ore. school open

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Associated Press

Posted on January 17, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 17 at 10:01 AM

HERMISTON, Ore. (AP) — The boiler that supplied heat for a wing of a Hermiston elementary school has failed. So students are studying with a little more clothing in rooms warmed by electric space heaters.

An 8-year-old third-grader at Rocky Heights Elementary, Peyton Herman, told the East Oregonian (http://bit.ly/XE8HO5) the students are studying with their jackets and gloves on.

Teacher Jessica Campbell says students wore extra clothing at first as a precaution, but most have left it behind. She says the rooms are checked three times a day to make sure the temperatures are comfortable.

The boiler developed a crack at the beginning of the year. School officials say they limped along with it for a week before taking it out of service. A $60,000 replacement will take three to four weeks to arrive.

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Information from: East Oregonian, http://www.eastoregonian.info

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