Carmel Clay Schools superintendent ‘optimistic’ Carmel High School students can return to campus by Jan. 8

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Carmel Clay Schools Supt. Michael Beresford is “optimistic” that students can return to school as scheduled Jan. 8 after an explosion in a maintenance room Dec. 26 led to major damage and scrambling to make repairs during winter break.

In an email sent to CCS parents Dec. 31, he said heat and power have been restored to much of the building except near the blast site. Exposed areas of the roof have been covered, and crews have been working to clean up debris and re-wire alarms and sprinklers.

“Two challenges we are working hard to resolve is replacement of the heater for the pool and the hot-water boilers that serve the athletic area and Greyhound Station,” Beresford stated. “We are pursuing both temporary and permanent solutions to these issues.”

The campus has been closed since the accidental blast, which occurred with approximately 100 people in the building. Beresford said CCS will provide counselors and social workers at each school once classes resume to assist students who may be traumatized by the situation.

Two men making repairs in the maintenance room when the explosion occurred, one CCS employee and a contractor, are recovering from their injuries.

“Both men injured in the blast are improving. Both are still in the hospital and receiving treatment. Please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers,” Beresford stated. “Last week, I was able to visit the area where the explosion occurred. I still cannot imagine what they went through and how they were able to walk out of that area. Miraculous.”

CHS will remain closed until further notice.

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