Contract with Progress Energy forces cchools to open in the Dark
It wasn't the best Monday welcoming for students in Marion County. 14 schools throughout the district opened their doors Monday with no power.
Through an agreement with Progress Energy, the company can shut off power to area schools if electric peak usages increase. That happened over the weekend and district officials turned off power. The school district saves about $300,000 dollars a year with it's contract with Progress Energy. One parent who decided to keep her son home Monday says it's inexcusable.
"I just expected a lot more from where my tax dollars are going, that my child will be safe at school and will have heat and electricity just be provided for in a healthy way and I don't think that is being taken care of right now," said parent Lydia Wilson.
The same 14 schools affected by power outages Monday, could also see no power at the schools Tuesday.
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