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Broken heating units cause Silverado to close early
VICTORVILLE • Below freezing temperatures coupled with malfunctioning heating equipment, forced Silverado High School to close its doors Monday, sending thousands of students home early while the district scrambled to get parts from across the country.
“The heating wasn’t working and it just went to a different level yesterday,” said Elvin Momon, superintendent of Victor Valley Union High School. “It’s tough when it’s an icy cold 21 degrees outside.”
Momon said that the heater was blowing cold air instead of warm and could not be turned off immediately as the system is controlled remotely. According to the superintendent, the parts had to be ordered from New York, but were able to be secured by a vendor in Palm Springs.
Classes resumed again Tuesday and Momon praised all the teachers, staff and students for handling the situation well.
“We were able to make the necessary adjustments in time and heating is up and running,” Momon said. “I commend the teachers and the kids for hanging in there — I commend them for sticking it out. The cold really does impact learning.”
Lynnea Lombardo may be reached at (760) 951-6232 or at LLombardo@VVDailyPress.com.
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