Breathitt County schools to reopen Thursday after boiler replaced at high school

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JACKSON, Ky. (WKYT)- Students and teachers in Breathitt County will be returning to school on Thursday after new boilers were installed in the high school.

Students were off Tuesday and Wednesday because the high school had no heat.

School officials had two new boilers installed to heat Breathitt County High School.

Classes operated on a normal schedule Monday.

The new boilers are replacing the old boiler, which heated the school for more than 30 years.

State Manager Larry Hammond tells WKYT the heating system has been a problem since spring. The decision to make repairs was made in the summer.

"It was a long process to get it in motion. Then, when they were disconnected and the boilers were removed several days ago, the cold snap came, and caught us at the wrong time," said Hammond.

Administrators used space heaters to warm up the school this past weekend and part of Monday.

Hammond says they were removed because they weren't working well enough.

Officials with the school tell WKYT the installation of the new boilers was complete Wednesday afternoon and they began warming them up to be ready for classes to resume Thursday morning.

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