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South Johnston High School closes early Friday

Posted January 10, 2014

— Due to an issue with a Duke Energy transformer, South Johnston High School closed at 9:30 a.m. on Friday.

A Johnston County Schools spokeswoman said students will be returned home via their usual bus schedule. Employees will also be dismissed early.

No information about the transformer issue was available, but no other schools were impacted.


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  • hsfootballrocks Jan 10, 2014

    A message about today's event has been posted to their website. Sounds like they did everything they could at the time. I know that school has been around a while so it may just have been one of those things that was bound to happen at some point.

  • dejr8875 Jan 10, 2014

    If there was a power issue at the school prior to the time school began, this should have been addressed before the students left their homes. Now if my child or any other students fell down the stairs due to improper lighting, who is responsible for that?

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  • NCCoachSE Jan 10, 2014

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    Typical uninformed internet flamer who expects everything to be perfect 27/7 365.
    Get a grip... things happen.
    Attitudes like this are exactly what is wrong with this country.
    The power companies around NC do an excellent job keeping the power on and are quick to react and repair issues.
    Does anyone actually think they want anyone to ever to be without power? No meter spin no money... so go rag on someone who deserves it.

  • norrisiidavid Jan 10, 2014

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    very well said

  • SouthernBornSouthernBred Jan 10, 2014

    As an employee of a Power company transformers are inspected and if there is a known problem it is fixed. It's like when you have your car inspected every year do you blame the inspector when your tire goes flat? No because it was ok when he inspected your car! These Lineman deserve respect!

  • dcatz Jan 10, 2014

    "Thanks DE...my daughters were preparing for their exams next week. Maybe you should start checking your equipment on a regular basis to prevent this from happening again."

    There are millions of transformers in Duke's territory; it simply isn't practical to constantly check over each and every one 24/7 so failures will happen.

    In addition, being a school means that the building is most likely on three-phase power. A three-phase power building will have its own transformers and there is no indication as to whether it is a transformer inside the building or outside. Secondary transformers inside the building are typically owned by whoever owns the building and they will contract out with the electric company for service.

  • dejr8875 Jan 10, 2014

    Thanks DE...my daughters were preparing for their exams next week. Maybe you should start checking your equipment on a regular basis to prevent this from happening again.

  • norrisiidavid Jan 10, 2014

    I go to this school and the reason the lights are out is due to a transformer leaking oil and Duke Energy is trying their best to get it back up and running by Monday. Normal schedule will resume Monday for exam schedules if the problem is fixed.

  • 1nclady Jan 10, 2014

    The school my nephew attends was closed for a day last fall for the same reason. We never had this problem when we had Progress Energy.

  • LuvLivingInCary Jan 10, 2014

    Nice job Duke Energy. I think all the hourly TA's that got sent home with no pay should send their timesheet to Duke Energy.

    Transformers are things you keep on hand.