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Several classes relocated after elevator breaks down

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Nolan Shen
Signs redirect students from Central’s main elevator after it broke down on Aug. 29.

Central’s main elevator broke down on Tuesday, Aug. 29, forcing several classes on the third floor with students on crutches in wheelchairs to relocate or accommodate students who can no longer reach their classrooms.

The elevator was repaired on Aug. 30, a day before the replacement part needed to fix the elevator was expected to arrive.

Classes on the second floor did not need to make the same accommodations, as students can use the gymnastics elevator to reach rooms on the second floor. Some second floor classes relocated to the third floor in order to allow third floor math classes that need elevator access to take place on the second floor.

“If there was an open room on the second or first floor we placed [relocated third floor classes] there,” said Carrie McFadden, Assistant Principal for Operations. “There are a couple of periods – period three and seven, specifically – that there aren’t open classrooms. So we might be taking a math class and putting it in a comm arts class and taking the comm arts class and putting it up in the math classroom.”

While all math classes with students needing accommodation relocated, many science classes did not.

“We [tried] to relocate [science classes] when we can, but it is a little bit more dependent on what the [teacher’s] plan for that day is,” McFadden said. “Labs have to happen in lab classrooms, they can’t really happen in other rooms.”

In total, 15 classes were affected by the elevator closure. 

This was the third time in Central’s school year that classes have been relocated: first with semester-long relocations due to the reconstruction of an exterior wall and then on Aug. 24 due to excessively hot classrooms.

This article was updated to reflect the completion of elevator repairs before they were planned.

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Jake Pfeiffer
Jake Pfeiffer, Editor-in-Chief
Jake Pfeiffer is a senior, entering his third year on the Central Times staff, this time as Editor-in-Chief. Jake joined CT as a sophomore because he wanted to write news, but since then he has grown to love just about every element of journalism. While it is rare to see Jake anywhere other than the CT office, occasionally you can find him captaining Central’s debate team, watching baseball, listening to a seemingly endless amount of podcasts or drowning in college applications.
Nolan Shen
Nolan Shen, Arts & Entertainment Editor
Nolan is a senior, entering his third year on staff. He is excited to be heading the Arts and Entertainment section this year. When not writing for CT, he can be found playing with the Marching Redhawks Drumline, performing in the Naperville Youth Symphony, eating too much McDonald’s, and watching bad sci-fi movies. Next year, he plans on going to college to study political science and hopefully not flunk out.
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