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Wicomico Middle Closed as Contractors Replace Electrical Equipment



SALISBURY, Md-Students got to stay home on Thursday after Wicomico Middle School had to close down.

Officials with the school system are blaming an electrical fire that they said started in a mechanical room on Wednesday.

Contractors were seen going in and out of the building trying to replace the source of where it all started.
"This was rebuilt in the 70's on a building that is from the 30's," said John Fredericksen who is the superintendent with the school system,"so you know you are dealing a little bit with complexities in the project."

Fredericksen said that while he isn't sure if aging infrastructure is to blame for causing the fire he added that most schools around the county are about 40 years old.

Frederickson said that there is a list of schools that need rebuilding, including updated electric and ventilation systems.

"Wi Middle is on our list, but it is a bit down the list because we have a few others that are right a ahead of it," Fredericksen said.

Frederickson said that he's estimating a hefty price when it comes to replacing the equipment.

"We carry funds in our budgets for major calamities like this, whether it's  a boiler  that goes down or a major chiller goes down, I mean you are talking hundreds of thousands of dollars," he said. 

Spokeswoman Tracy Sahler said that parents will be notified this weekend about the school's status. She said that it is likely that the school will be back open on Monday.


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