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Outage results in damage to Mid-Michigan school heating units

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(01/03/14) - For many students, winter break ends this week - which means it's back to school on Monday.

At least one school district, however, is still recovering from ice storms that left thousands across Mid-Michigan without power.

Heating units at LakeVille High School and Columbiaville Elementary were damaged.

Classes are expected to start on Monday, but it could be days or even weeks before things return to normal.

A letter was posted to the LakeVille Community School District's website. Parents received word that five days of no power in the schools created an even bigger problem.

The lengthy power outage caused some damage to part of the heating systems at LakeVille High school and four at ColumbiaVille Elementary.

"I have full confidence in the school. I'm sure it's just a temporary setback," said parent Donavon Black.

Vickie Luoma, the superintendent, says electric heaters will be used in the classroom until the required parts arrive and are installed.

"The parts have been ordered to make the necessary repairs to all of the individual units and they will be installed as soon as they're in. In the meantime, our insurance company has approved and is installing electric heaters in those classrooms with the impacted unit ventilators to make sure that all of our classrooms are warm and safe," she said.

Luoma adds that the heaters being used aren't portable space heaters that are often used in a home. That makes parents feel a little more at ease.

"I'm not really too concerned, I know they wouldn't do anything that would harm the kids. We were without power as well, so I know what it was like and how inconvenient it was, so we're just going to go with the flow," said parent Jenelle Waterman.

School administrators are keeping students informed through Facebook and their district's webpage.

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