CALUMET CITY | When Thornton Fractional Township High School District 215 Superintendent Creg Williams learned of power outages this week throughout the south suburbs and Northwest Indiana, his first concern were the giant freezers at the various high school facilities.
Those freezers are where the food is stored that is served at the high schools, and if those freezers were to go down due to a lack of electricity, the cost to replace the food would be excessive.
“We need to keep an eye on our freezers,” Williams said.
Fortunately, the power outages did not seriously impact the Thornton Fractional campuses in Calumet City or Lansing.
Electricity was lost at T.F. North High School on Monday night for about two hours.
But maintenance crews at the Calumet City-based high school said generators immediately kicked in.
There was no impact at Lansing-based T.F. South High School, and the district’s information technology officer, Wale Ade, said at the Center for Academics and Technology, 1605 Wentworth Ave., crews are in the process this week of installing a new generator.
Ade said there was no impact at the center, while Williams said he would like to see the generators at all the campuses checked to ensure the district is covered in the event of a serious electrical loss.
“With all the power outages, I’d like to have the (school) board review this,” he said.
In other business, the School Board honored T.F. South art students Johanna Cord-Cruz and Jasmine Goodloe, and T.F. North art students Carolina Maldonado and Nidia Trinidad as winners of the district’s annual art contest which notes the work of the top art students in the high school district.
T.F. South Principal Judy Whalen pointed out that one of the students, Cord-Cruz, has since graduated and will be a student this fall at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.
The School Board also began a review of its policies concerning bullying of students and of determining when homeless students can attend the district’s high schools.
School Board President Richard Dust said the reviews are required by the State Board of Education to ensure the policies are proper, although he said changes are not anticipated this year.
Of the bullying policy, Williams said, “This is a requirement stipulated by law, but our policy is up to date.”