Greenon expected to resume normal classes after 2 short days for heat

Students attending Greenon Local Schools were dismissed early on Monday because of the hot weather. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF

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Students attending Greenon Local Schools were dismissed early on Monday because of the hot weather. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF

Greenon Local Schools released students two hours early for the second day in a row Tuesday due to heat.

Greenon officials said at press time they don’t anticipate letting students off of school early on Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to be in the 80s again on Wednesday before dropping back down into the 70s, according to WHIO Stormcenter 7 predictions.

School leaders are monitoring weather forecasts and will make a decision for the rest of the week later, Greenon Superintendent Brad Silvus said.

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Silvus told the Springfield News-Sun that the schools had become hot over the weekend and it’s too hot to continue classes. The district’s schools don’t have air condition and highs were expected to get into the 90s this afternoon.

“The continued excessive heat over the weekend kept the schools warmer than normal,” Silvus said. “Since we have not had a break in the temperatures over the weekend, we felt it was important to release early today. We are hopeful that by mid-week, the weather will break and temperatures will return to normal levels.”

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He said he hopes the weather gets cooler Wednesday.

“We hope this is the last time as temperatures are supposed to begin lowering Wednesday,” Silvus said.

The schools don’t have air conditioning and can reach very hot temperatures throughout the day. Greenon High School students let students out at 12:25 p.m. Tuesday while the rest of the schools got off at 1:30 p.m.

The district is in the midst of planning to build a new $54 million kindergarten through 12th grade school on the site of the current Indian Valley Intermediate School after voters approved a bond issue last November.

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