C.K. Burns in Saco, as seen on Monday morning. LIZ GOTTHELF/Journal Tribune

SACO — Students at C.K. Burns got the day off on Monday due to a power failure.

C.K. Burns, located at 135 Middle St., serves students in third, fourth and fifth grades.

School officials reported on Monday morning that the school was closed for the day due to a power shortage.

Central Maine Power spokeswoman Gail Rice said CMP officials received a call just after 6 a.m. that the school was at half power. She said CMP was a bit late responding because a trouble shooter on their way to the scene was called away to a structure fire, and someone else had to be sent to address the power shortage at the school.

Rice said the electricty runs on a three-phase feed, and one of the phases was not functioning.

Saco Superintendent of Schools Dominic DePatsy said school officials decided to cancel school at C.K. Burns as there was not enough power for the school to operate early Monday morning.

DePatsy said full power was reestablished later Monday morning and school will continue as scheduled on Tuesday for C. K. Burns students.

“We’ll be back up and ready to go tomorrow,” he said.

The students at C.K. Burns will not have to make up the lost day as there were not enough students in the district missing school to qualify for a day that needed to be made up, said DePatsy.

Though there were no students at the school, teachers and staff came to work due to the terms of their contract, he said.

Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 325 or [email protected]

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