Two days delayed, JCPS is set for opening day

Bobbi Lococo
Bobbi Lococo
Stephanie Brasher
Stephanie Brasher
Michael Mulheirn
Michael Mulheirn

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The school year is starting a little later for Jefferson County Public School students, but Wednesday class will be in session.

Saturday's storm knocked power out to thousands, causing a two-day delay. A JCPS official said this is the first time in nearly 30 years the superintendent had to cancel the first day of school and it was all because of Saturday's storms.

"You wouldn't think two days make a difference but, it really does," said JCPS parent Bobbi Lococo.

"I'm happy because he'll (her son) be back in a routine and going to bed early and not going to be waking up and trying to jump up and do things," said JCPS parent Stephanie Brasher.

70-mile-per-hour winds tore through Kentuckiana Saturday evening leaving thousands in the dark, including dozens of schools. Power was restored to all of the schools by Monday, but the main issue was communication. Many schools were left without phone and internet service.

"We get a lot of calls for example our transportation system on the first day of school we anticipate 7,200 calls,' said Michael Mulheirn, JCPS executive director of Facilities/Transportation.

The reason many of the phones weren't working came from damage to one of the district's main phone trunk and fiber optic lines located near Tartan and Newburg Road.

Parents tell WAVE 3 they didn't question JCPS' decision to call off school. They say they'd rather start late and be safe.

"I think they made the right decision some people are still without power," said Brasher.

"The first day with schools without power I understood and yesterday it was internet and phone so I understand, I understand," said Lococo.

Early Tuesday afternoon, Mulheirn told us they were down three traffic lights at intersections and had a handful of roads blocked. Crews are working on those issues and don't see it being a problem Wednesday morning.

As for the two days lost, JCPS says they'll be working to figure out when they'll be made up.

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