Gary Roosevelt building

Gary Roosevelt College and Career Academy

Damian Rico, The Times

GARY — Classes are cancelled Thursday for Roosevelt College and Career Academy with some sections of the school building without heat.

A power outage resulting from recent weather conditions caused a power surge, damaging some of the mechanical units of the building's heating system, according to an EdisonLearning news release. 

"With the region being hit with frigid temperatures, conditions in the school building are not conducive to allow students, teachers, and staff to carry out a normal and productive day," according to the news release.

School was closed Wednesday, too, as repairs were made. Roosevelt Principal Donna Henry said in an email Wednesday night that school officials will make a determination about Friday's classes on Thursday. 

"Parents and students will be provided updates on the schedule for the remainder of this week when more information is available on the status of the repairs," according to the news release.

The school was repeatedly shut down earlier this year and in 2015 for a lack of heat, according to The Times archives. Students missed multiple days of classes last winter because the building was not heated due to a lack of repair parts for decades-old equipment.

Work underway to replace the school’s boilers and heating equipment has been proceeding as scheduled with the expectation of being completed during the coming holiday recess, according to the news release. 

The building is owned by Gary Community School Corp., but classes are provided by EdisonLearning, a private management company, following a State Board of Education takeover of the school about six years ago.

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Lauren covers breaking news, crime and courts for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet covering government, public policy, and the region’s heroin epidemic. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.