Power outage forces preschool to cancel

September 18, 2018

Beatrice Public School’s Community Preschool was canceled Monday due to a power outage.

The power went out as a result of a wire shortage between the transformer and the building Monday morning. Assistant Superintendent Jackie Nielsen said that work to restore would likely be finished by the end of the day.

“They are working on replacing the transformer and the wires connected to the building, they said it should take about three hours,” she said.

Lunch was also a factor when canceling all day, Nielsen was unsure how long the power had been out but said the school’s supply of milk and food was not servable.

Nielsen said all of the children en route to the preschool were sent home and everything worked out well.

“All the kids are heading home and we were able to contact parents and care providers to get them where they needed to be,” Nielsen said.

Beatrice City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer said electricity was restored to the preschool building before noon.

“The primary cable to the [preschool] went bad,” Tempelmeyer explained. “Our electric department responded, pulled in new primary lines, and set a new transformer. Everything was repaired and back in service by 10:30 a.m. Only the school was affected by the outage.”

The preschool will be open Tuesday during regular hours as planned.

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