Heating issues prompt early dismissal for Raleigh elementary school

Posted January 15, 2015

— Swift Creek Elementary School in Raleigh dismissed students at noon Thursday because of issues with its heating system, according to a Wake County Public School System spokeswoman.

School staff will stay at the school until every child can get home safely. Bus drivers will return students to school if no one is at the bus stop to meet them.

It's the second day classes have been disrupted at the school.

Late Wednesday morning, students had to wait outside briefly after reports of smoke coming from the boiler room.

The school system said on its Facebook page that the main building lost heat due to a malfunctioning boiler.


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  • CommonSenseLuddite Jan 15, 2015

    It's too bad that some folks just have to find something negative in every story. Glad to see the positive comments from swift creek parent. Nice to hear about things handled well. :)

  • Shae Osborn Jan 15, 2015
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    As a parent of a swift creek student, I commend them for how they handle the situation and ensuring that all parents were aware with ample enough time to make arrangements. They not only contacted myself, but everyone on my child emergency contact list. Very well done.

  • Smiling Jan 15, 2015

    And sometimes, quality maintenance is key....

  • John Young Jan 15, 2015
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    My heat went out for a few days earlier this winter and it had nothing to do with low bids. Swift Creek is a good little school well run by a caring staff. Stuff happens and kids get a few days off.

  • CommonSenseLuddite Jan 15, 2015

    And sometimes, a part just breaks. It's not always something more.

  • Smiling Jan 15, 2015

    I am speculating so here goes, the school system awards maintenance and repair contracts based on pricing. The reliable and more capable and experienced contractors are pushed out by the lowest the system is getting what they pay for.