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By John McCallum
Managing Editor 

Cold catches Cheney High School without heating boilers


Last updated 10/1/2019 at 7:04pm

UPDATE 7:02 p.m. Oct. 1 - In an email, Cheney Public Schools Superintendent Rob Roettger said that contractor crews working on the high school's heating system had successfully started the boilers this afternoon at 2 p.m.

"It looks like we will have heat in the morning," Roettger said.

CHENEY – The snow and cold that invaded the Inland Northwest this weekend and lingered into Monday forced Cheney School District officials to advise parents Sunday night to have their high school students dress warmly as the building was without heat for the first part of this week. Superintendent Rob Roettger said the original plan was to have the new boilers operational by Oct. 7, a plan that even then was considered a bit risky.

Roettger said district officials and representatives from Lydig Construction, the contractor on the high school expansion and remodeling project, sat down and figured a way to expedite the boiler replacement. Roettger said the mechanical contractor was set to prime the system on Tuesday, Oct. 1, in order to check for leaks and any other problems that might arise, with a hoped-for operational date of Wednesday, Oct. 2 or Thursday, Oct. 3.

Read the rest of the story in the Oct. 3 issue of the Cheney Free Press.

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