Heat issues continue at Edison

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Reported by: Michelle Linn
Updated: 11/25/2013 5:50 pm Published: 11/25/2013 2:12 pm

Students sat in chilly classrooms again today at Edison Preparatory School, in Midtown Tulsa. FOX23 investigated what the problem was.

We learned on Friday both boilers weren't working. Temperatures dipped to about 58 degrees, in hallways. Principal Derrick Schmidt told us he triggered "robocalls" to notify parents.

Crews worked all weekend to repair the boilers. The problem is with a "header" in one of the pipes that runs overhead. They've temporarily fixed it, so they can run one of the boilers. But a sign is posted on the other, warning not to turn it on.

The problem today is that TPS's energy conservation initiative is set up so that the one working boiler didn't kick on until 5 a.m. At that point, temperatures outside hovered below freezing all night, no heat was running inside the building and it was too late to catch up.

Marty Hearst's two children attend Edison. She told FOX23 News her daughter called her today and said she was freezing.

"Her hands are really red and she touched my face, and they're freezing," said Hearst.

Hearst brought extra coats to Edison today, to help her kids keep warm, but she says she would have kept them home from school, if she'd known the problem would not be fixed.

"They would've been at home in bed and staying warm at our house," said Hearst.

We asked a TPS spokesperson if a lesson was learned this morning, and if they plan to let the one functioning boiler run overnight, so students aren't in the same boat again tomorrow.

"We will keep the boiler running 24/7 until the system is repaired," said Bob LaBass, TPS director of bond projects.

LaBass says they are working to get contractors to come make permanent repairs over the Thanksgiving holiday break.

If that's not possible, they'll get it fixed over winter break next month. It won't be an issue next year, because the district will install a new boiler system paid for with a 2010 bond.

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karlschneider - 11/25/2013 5:00 PM
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I'm pretty sure that is the same boiler that was running when I attended Edison in 1959. I'd say it has done well.

Mayor Maynot - 11/25/2013 4:33 PM
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