Despite canceled classes, Anderson students light up periodic table of jack-o'-lanterns

Lack of heating cancels classes Tuesday, Wednesday
Anderson High cancels Tuesday, Wednesday classes
Posted at 6:45 PM, Oct 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-31 16:18:28-04

ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Students at Anderson High School, which delayed the start of its school year and weeks later dismissed classes early due to extreme heat in its building mid-renovation, will get another unexpected break from classes Tuesday and Wednesday.

According to a message from Forest Hills Schools superintendent Scot Prebles, those days will simply be too cold "to provide a comfortable classroom learning environment" with the temporary heating system currently in place.

Despite canceled classes, many students still showed up early on Tuesday to light a display of the periodic table of elements carved entirely out of jack-o'-lanterns for a third year running.

While students stay home, Prebles said construction crews will have "uninterrupted" time to install a permanent heating system for the rest of the school year.

"I am disappointed and frustrated that students and staff will endure another construction delay at Anderson, and I am truly sorry for any inconvenience it will cause," Prebles said

Some students said they noticed classrooms getting cold Monday. Senior Teddy Kolesnikov said a teacher with a thermometer in his room measured the temperature at less than 60 degrees.

"It was chilly," he said. "I had a sweatshirt and jacket on and I was still kind of cold."

Students, families and teacher have spent much of the year working around the $21 million renovation project, which district officials predict will be complete in 2019.