WOOSTER — Wooster High School will be closed on Friday because of a power outage on the second floor academic wing.

On Thursday afternoon, when the problem occurred, students were moved to locations in the building with power, an announcement said. Phones in the building remained operational.

The problem is “very similar, almost identical to what happened in the late summer/early fall in the Performing Arts Center (at the high school),” Superintendent Michael Tefs said.

“We either have insulation breaking down or physical damage to the wires,” Tefs said, adding, “Physical damage could be happening because of settling.

“There is some damage (where) the wires end up touching each other, and they arc,” he said. “Most of us would say they short out.”

Only the academic wing on the second floor has been impacted, he said.

“We have crews on site,” he said, but “they need time to work on repairs. We’re hoping to be back up and running on Monday.”

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