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Heat Back on at Crisfield Head Start, Staffers Look for Permanent Solution

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CRISFIELD, Md.-It's been a bad week for the Crisfield Head Start program in Somerset County.

The school had been closed since Monday because of no heat.

A broken heating system was to blame but the school was expected to reopen on Friday.

"It's a very old system and the parts are very expensive and hard to find so that's what is happening," said program coordinator, Linda Stuckey.

For some parents like Temprest Fountain the school closing meant keeping her son at home while juggling a busy work schedule. 

"It's just really inconvenient for me especially when I have appointments too because then I had to find somebody for him," Fountain said.  

Jolane White said she has a long 'to do' list before the holidays but it had to wait since her son also had to stay home. 
     
"It's a bit hectic. I can't get much done, especially Christmas shopping, I can't get that done," said White, "he's behind a little on school and the more he misses the more I am concerned about him getting behind."

A broken part was replaced on Thursday and the heating system worked again. However, some staffers said they worry more problems could pop up in the future because the building is old and was damaged last October by super storm Sandy.

Darlene Taylor who is the after school program director said that her mission now is to find a permanent solution.     

"We know there are opportunities out there and we are looking to collaborate with those and get a new building that would be the goal," Taylor said.

Denise Allen, who is the director of Head Start under Shore Up Inc. said there is a public hearing with the Somerset County Commissioners coming up on Tuesday.

Allen said the agency plans to ask for disaster funds and if approved, the funds would allow them to replace the heating system damaged by super storm Sandy.

 

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