Lack of power isn't only thing keeping schools closed

By Dan Wells - bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -- Dozens of area schools are closed for a third day following Sunday's storm that led to widespread power outages.

Schools all over the area remain closed due to power loss, food shortages and a lack of transportation.

"We are so hoping on Thursday, but we're still concerned if there's trees blocking streets if there's power lines down in people front yards, we're still worried about safety," said Cincinnati Public School interim superintendent Mary Ronan.

Ronan says although more CPS schools had regained power by late afternoon on Tuesday, at many locations they are still in the dark.

"Its been a challenge," she said. "We have 60 schools sites scattered all over the city so we still have 19 schools without power. 24 didn't have power yesterday so we've gotten a little better. We hoped many more would be on-line and that is not the case."

Across the river, Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties are in the same boat.

"All of our buildings have to have power, lights, computers. Our bus department is one of those things that most people don't think about," said Juli Hale with Cincinnati Public Schools. "Without power we can't pump gas."

And if that's not enough, imagine having a "big" food spoilage problem.

"We have estimates of almost $200,000 in food due to a lack of refrigeration and the difficulty about getting started again is we have not been able to get food deliveries because it would be foolish to deliver to schools that don't have refrigeration," said Ronan.

Several school districts tell us they hope to be back in the classroom by Thursday and plan re-coop some of the cost of this black-out through insurance policies.