• 59°

Granite Quarry Elementary closed, no heat

GRANITE QUARRY — Students at Granite Quarry Elementary School were sent home Friday because of a malfunctioning heating system, Rowan-Salisbury Schools officials said.

Schools had a two-hour delay Friday morning for students because of extremely cold temperatures.

But at Granite Quarry, there was another problem — the heat was out. Maintenance workers discovered a problem with the boiler early Friday morning.

“We couldn’t have kids at school,” said Rita Foil, the school district spokeswoman.

By the time a decision was reached, “buses were already rolling,” Foil said.

Bus riders were brought to the school, fed breakfast, then returned home.

Foil said phone messages were sent out to parents so they would be aware that their children would be returning home.

“We don’t ever return a child to home without a parent or guardian or somebody there,” she said.

If no adult was home, children would be returned to the school.

Students who arrived in cars were sent home immediately, according to Foil.

While the boiler was repaired quickly, Foil said it took several hours for the old school building to become warm enough to hold classes.

Staff members decided to stay.

“They’re going to continue to work there and have a workday,” Foil said.

The staff was invited to work at the Wallace Educational Forum, Foil said, but most members chose to spend the day in the school’s media center.

Comments

Business

‘It’s our big time’: Salisbury Farmers Market reopens Saturday

Education

Schools capital funding still frozen as RSS sends local budget to county

Business

Shields, Cheerwine Festival receive N.C. Main Street Awards

Kannapolis

Duke University launches kidney disease study in Kannapolis for people of African descent

Education

Horizons Unlimited will hold in-person summer camps

Education

Education briefs: Catawba planning for more in-person activities, free summer school tuition

Coronavirus

County’s full COVID-19 vaccinations top 22,600

High School

High school golf: With Merrell, Mustangs back on top

Local

Spencer investigating rat problem on South Iredell Street

News

Livingstone, Mission House Church to host national ‘Black Voters Matter’ listening session

Education

Shoutouts

Business

Groundbreaking on Pennant Square signals next phase in downtown Kannapolis revitalization

Nation/World

J&J vaccine to remain in limbo while officials seek evidence

Nation/World

Prosecutors: No charges for officer in Capitol riot shooting

Nation/World

Biden to pull US troops from Afghanistan, end ‘forever war’

Nation/World

Former Minnesota cop charged in shooting of Black motorist

Crime

Blotter: April 14

Elections

Former North Carolina Gov. McCrory enters US Senate race

Crime

Salisbury woman arrested in Myrtle Beach for abducting child

Health

County updates health director job description, will advertise for position

High School

High school tennis: East beats Carson, still hopes to share NPC title

Elections

Board of Elections to purchase upgraded voting equipment using federal grant

Kannapolis

Kyle Seager drives in winning run in first game as Mariners split doubleheader with Orioles

Local

City exhausts this year’s funds for Innes Street Improvements, Municipal Services District grant programs