LakeVille students experience chilly first day back

It's students' first day back after three snow days in the LakeVille School District.

But for some of them, they say they can't escape the cold even in class.

The December
ice storm and more than a foot of snow have knocked out ventilators in parts of the high school and Columbiaville Elementary.


ventilator problems, school officials say the buildings are heated but students say it doesn't feel like it




'm not sure if there is heat but I'm not feeling any of it



said senior LakeVille student, Ralyn Shrum.




up her books early Thursday.



hree of my friends have already went home it's freezing

. I

'm heading home. My mom told me it's ridiculous we have school so she told me to go home," she said.

She said

the school building is just too col


of my friends is walking around in a winter jacket and gloves."

temperatures and piling snow broke down ventilators in some high school and elementary classrooms.

Workers T

hursday cleared away the remnants of the weekend storm.


ust cleaning around the vents and drain system to get heat going for them so it vents right and get the building heated back up for them



said repair worker, Mathew Greenman.

Superintendent, Vickie Luoma, insists the building is warm, though probably slightly cooler than normal.



he building has heat



she said Thursday.

In classrooms where the ventilators are not working, Luoma said they are using electric heaters.



he building has been inspected by the state fire marshal


the state electrical inspector


state boiler inspector and they are all fine with what they see



she assured.


akeVille High school and Columbiaville Elementary are both waiting on ventilator parts.

elementary repairs should be complete this weekend.


parts for the high school will take between 7 to ten days to arrive.

The good news, the aging ventilator
systems will be replaced this summer.