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Board of Education generates powerful plan to stay in touch
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The Warren County Board of Education is tired of being left in the dark, literally, prompting plans to install generators on the grounds of its headquarters.“Once electricity goes down we are dead here,” said Director of Schools Bobby Cox, saying the school system’s main office is left on an island during blackouts. “When that happens, we can’t communicate with the schools or anyone.”Bringing about the concern were a pair of recent blackouts which left most of the county in the dark, both incidents coming during regular school hours.“Those affected basically everyone in the county,” Cox said, noting schools were also affected by the loss of power.In both cases there was a failure of a substation which led to a mass blackout.“It’s normally caused by some misguided squirrel,” said School Board chairman Bill Zechman of the cause of at least one of the recent blackouts.Cox said the episodes have shown him there is a need to have back-up generators at the school’s administrative offices on Morrison Street. The need, Cox said, is not just for communication, but also to protect the school’s data storage systems.Cox told members of the School Board there are two ideas being floated concerning back-up generators.

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