Eastwood central office works to restore data
Replacing lost data and restoring computer network systems are the primary tasks facing the Eastwood School District administration in the wake of a Jan. 25 fire that gutted the building shared by a bus garage and the central office.
“We are gradually restoring network capabilities,” Brent Welker, superintendent, said Thursday. “The new server needed a lot of work and our Wi-Fi system will be up by early next week. We’re not back up to 100 percent but we’re getting closer every hour. We’re having to re-create a lot of data.”
The central office staff has been working in a trailer paid for by the district’s insurance coverage. Phone service was restored by mid-week. The district’s food service software, including free and reduced lunch applications and account balances, is housed off-site and wasn’t impacted by the fire.
There were no buses in the garage at the time of the blaze but Welker said two other service vehicles equipped with plows and a forklift were parked in the building.
As of Thursday, a cause hadn’t been determined.
Welker said an insurance adjuster was at the scene Thursday to gather additional data and prepare a damage estimate.
A full class schedule resumed Thursday after two days of weather-related closings.
Firefighters from Troy Township and several other area departments battled the blaze – their efforts hampered by freezing temperatures and winds that frequently shifted. Welker said the fire was reported about 7:30 a.m. and appears to have spread from the garage to the office.
Welker used his community newsletter to keep district residents apprised of the central office situation.
He also kept his eye on the state legislature, which is considering measures that would provide local districts with additional calamity days that can be applied to days lost in January.
The Eastwood school board Monday voted to approve an additional on-line calamity day make-up.
“This will be very different from the other days because we will be able to pick the day we do the assignments, and they will be more directly related to the content being implemented in the classroom,” Welker said in his community email. “Kids will not necessarily have to go on-line. Rather the lessons will be given to them and students will then have up to 10 days to get the work submitted.
The school board also authorized the scheduling of classes on President’s Day if needed.
“At this time, we will plan to attend school on Feb. 17 but we’ll keep an eye on the General Assembly to see what kind of relief they may provide. This also assumes that we have no other calamity days between now and mid-February,” he said.