following a breakdown, the lighting of this school has been on for more than a year

The waste of money and energy should end soon, with work scheduled for the coming weeks.

A grotesque situation that has lasted for almost a year and a half. In the United States, a public high school located in the state of Massachusetts is faced with a situation as painful as it is paradoxical: constantly on, the 7,000 light bulbs that make up the establishment’s lighting system literally cannot be turned off.

Originally, Minnechaug Regional High School’s lighting system was designed to save energy. But since a breakdown of the computer system managing this network, which occurred on August 24, 2021, the installation has on the contrary proved to be particularly expensive, at all levels.

Delays due to the Covid pandemic?

“The lighting system went into default mode, summarizes Assistant Superintendent Aaron Osborne, quoted by NBC News. And that default position automatically keeps the lights on.” Facility officials turned to the company that installed the lighting…and found that it had been resold several times since.

After finally managing to contact the current leader of the company in question, the school’s management took steps to repair the lighting system, but as NBC News explains, these were then delayed by various setbacks. , administrative blockages and other delivery delays, apparently linked to the Covid pandemic.

The situation would cost “several thousand dollars per month on average”

The untenable situation has therefore persisted for almost a year and a half. “We are fully aware that this is costing taxpayers a significant amount of money, acknowledges Deputy Superintendent Aaron Osborne. And we have continued to do everything we can to get this problem resolved.”

“I would say the net impact is several thousand dollars per month on average,” says the administrator. This distressing waste of public money and energy should, however, come to an end in the weeks to come. After having postponed its arrival once again in December 2022, the service provider responsible for repairing the lighting system should intervene in February.

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