Skip to comments.The lights have been on at a Massachusetts school for over a year because no one can turn them off
Posted on 01/19/2023 8:11:27 AM PST by grundle
WILBRAHAM, Mass. — For nearly a year and a half, a Massachusetts high school has been lit up around the clock because the district can’t turn off the roughly 7,000 lights in the sprawling building.
The lighting system was installed at Minnechaug Regional High School when it was built over a decade ago and was intended to save money and energy. But ever since the software that runs it failed on Aug. 24, 2021, the lights in the Springfield suburbs school have been on continuously, costing taxpayers a small fortune.
“We are very much aware this is costing taxpayers a significant amount of money,” Aaron Osborne, the assistant superintendent of finance at the Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District, told NBC News. “And we have been doing everything we can to get this problem solved.”
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Are even the circuit breakers controlled by software?
Send a few Georgia Tech boys up there for a day or two and the problem’s solved.
Automation isn’t for everything.
I’m not a bit surprised. Speaking as a long-time public school teacher (now retired), I can tell you this. The average school janitor has 100 times more common sense than the average school administrator.
Chinese sourced parts on backorder...oh my!
Local Walmart cannot control the thermostat, it is set by someone in Minneapolis.
They called in the local electrician to figure that out.
LIGHT SWITCHES DON'T NEED SOFTWARE!!!!!!
This is what happens when all your hires are based upon which diversity box they check. I’m sure my husband could get those lights off within 30 minutes of walking into the building. Within a couple of hours, he could install a temporary fix that would allow an override of whatever system is currently in place so that anyone could turn the lights on or off with a flip of a switch.
Paul Mustone, president of the Reflex Lighting Group, said the parts they need to replace the system at the school have finally arrived from the factory in China and they expect to do the installation over the February break.
No, you haven't.
You want 'em turned off? I can get the damn things turned off! You may not like my methods, but you'll like my results!
Not to mention our teachers salaries and benefits are bankrupting local taxpayers. But hey, it's a government school what do you expect.
Just goes to show that government schools don’t get anything right. I wonder if their lighting system ever broke even. That is the additional cost over a traditional lighting was surpassed by lower electricity bills. Obviously it hasn’t given the current situation, but I bet there was not an original cost analysis or if there was, the cost analysis didn’t show a saving or return within a reasonable time, i.e., five to seven years.
“And we have been doing everything we can to get this problem solved.”
Obviously not. Nobody thought to flip the breaker at night and then flip it back in the morning?
Back when Chevy was doing those smarmy inane "real people" commercials, they had one in which some airhead female looked into the car and gushed "Wow!! LOOK at all this TECHNOLOGY!!!"
Bharf! I don't want "all this technology". I want a car that works, for which I can pay cash.
If there actually ARE light switches.
Twin towers of the WTC lacked switches originally
can’t find the breaker panel???
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