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Posted on Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 12:33 p.m.

Downed wire sends Ann Arbor Roberto Clemente students home

By Danielle Arndt

Students at Ann Arbor's Roberto Clemente Student Development Center were sent home Friday afternoon as the result of a partial power outage.


Roberto Clemente Student Development Center


A downed power line was discovered on the school's property.

District spokeswoman Liz Margolis said although the power is only partially out at the school, it is a live wire and the power pole is across one of the entrances. So it's a safety issue, she said.

DTE Energy spokesman Scott Simons said the outage is affecting about 1,000 customers in that area. Crews are responding, he said.

This is the second group of Ann Arbor Public Schools students dismissed from class early Friday as the result of electricity issues. Skyline High School students also were sent home around noon because of a power outage. That outage affected about 300 customers, Simons said.

Skyline has lost power on a few other occasions already this school year.

District officials are working with DTE Energy to get power restored to both locations.

Danielle Arndt covers K-12 education for Follow her on Twitter @DanielleArndt or email her at



Sat, Feb 9, 2013 : 2:30 p.m.

Conspiracy theory here. So if Skyline power is out and so is Clemente. Does this mean the children had this all planned? Just to get a half day snow day? Interesting. Very interesting.


Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 9:56 p.m.

It would be nice if the district would send home or close elementary schools when they have no heat and rooms are 45 degrees. Not kidding!


Sat, Feb 9, 2013 : 2:32 p.m.

In all actuality? This is the temp of a one room school house on a good day. So I would not complain if I were you. Just be happy we are not in a one room school house with a wood burning stove. That to me sounds cold.We modern people are so spoiled.


Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 9:42 p.m.

Skyline's outages seem much too frequent. Maybe it's a conspiracy?


Sat, Feb 9, 2013 : 2:33 p.m.

I could not agree more.


Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 6:45 p.m.

You have to wonder if maybe, just maybe, AAPS should have taken a snow day today.


Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 6:31 p.m.

Well, they probably didn't want to be there anyway...since everyone else closed...but they had to get up for school....hmmmmm