An accident involving a delivery vehicle and electrical lines knocked out power Friday, April 5 at Mineola High School and Elementary School.
Power was restored to the Elementary School by 1:15 p.m., but the high school still was without power by the end of the school day. Also, the internet went down at both schools. Supt. Kim Tunnell said it could be a day or two before service resumes. Everything was back in order for school Monday.
The accident occurred about 10:45 a.m. when a FedEx truck took out a power line, causing a power outage at both campuses. Nobody was injured and no students were in danger, according to Tunnell. The driver remained in his FedEx truck, which was in contact with wires, until a crew from SWEPCO removed them. Somehow, the truck managed to bring the entire power pole down, Tunnell said.
“It was just one of those freak accidents,” she said.
Elementary and high school students were released from class to parents who signed them out. Students who rode the bus remained on campus until regular dismissal time.
The outage put classrooms in the dark, and some students had to eat cold lunches because food warmers were out, Tunnell said. However, no athletic events or extracurriculars were affected. The Yellowjackets were on the road.
Despite the inconvenience and disruption to teaching, Tunnell saw a silver lining. The situation presented the schools with a way to practice emergency response drills in a non-threatening situation.
In a statement, the school district thanked the city of Mineola and SWEPCO for their quick response.
“We also appreciate the patience of our parents in signing out students during this unfortunate event. We are grateful that students were not in any danger and that our staff was able to work together to provide communication and support to our families.
School resumed at Elementary and High School on Monday, April 8.”