7 Howard schools lose power due to wind

one closes early

October 16, 2003|By Tricia Bishop | Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF

Seven Howard County schools lost power yesterday, along with the Department of Education building in Ellicott City and a research lab next door owned by the school system.

"This has been a very unusual year," Assistant Superintendent Roger L. Plunkett said via cell phone. He was driving around the county for much of the day assessing the situation. A downed tree on a road near Glenelg High School blocked buses, Plunkett said, and police had to clear the road. Glenelg High, which also lost water, closed a half-hour early.

The other schools without electricity operated under a normal schedule. They were Bonnie Branch and Glenwood middle schools; Ilchester, Rockburn, and Bushy Park elementary schools; and Homewood School.

Plunkett said the school system is working with parents to determine the best way to make up the lost instructional time this year's power outages have caused.

Atholton Elementary and Glenelg High School will have to make up at least one school day because of time lost after Tropical Storm Isabel, Plunkett said. Makeup days at Reservoir High School, Fulton Elementary and Lime Kiln Middle are under consideration.

By 3:30 p.m. yesterday, 25,000 Baltimore Gas and Electric customers, 3,500 of them in Howard County, were without power, spokeswoman Linda Foy said.

"It's the wind," Foy said. "It's bringing some trees and tree limbs down, and the tops of poles breaking some of them and the wires are crossing into each other."

Outages also closed two schools in Baltimore County, authorities there reported.

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