Conway Public Schools kicked-off the 2019-20 school year on Tuesday.

Unfortunately, due to recent weather events, several campuses faced a few hiccups the first couple of days.

"We did have some lightning damage on Saturday morning at the high school complex and at Carl Stuart and Bob [and Betty] Courtway middle schools," district communication specialist Heather Kendrick said. 

She said the weather damaged Carl Stuart's entire phone system and knocked out an air compressor at Courtway.

Administration with Carl Stuart alerted its school community through Facebook on Monday.

"CSMS Family: This weekend, our building was struck by lightning, which disabled our entire electrical system including our internet and phones," the post reads. "Our tech team along with Conway Corp are working to get us back up and running, but you may experience some difficulty reaching us today.

"We apologize for the inconvenience. We do have a skeleton crew working today to assist you if you need to come to the building, and we will have school tomorrow rain or shine! We look forward to seeing all the smiling faces tomorrow!"

While plans to get everything up and running quickly were there, on Tuesday the system was still down.

"Phones are still down at our building due to the lightning storm on Saturday which fried our electrical systems," the school posted at 8 a.m. Tuesday. "Please be patient with us as we move through the day today. We will send out a note when our phones are back up!"

The school was still dealing with the phone problem into Wednesday morning, as well, asking parents to remain patient.

Kendrick said at that point, most of the school's communication was taking place through email.

"If they cannot finish repairs today, we will pull one line to the office this afternoon so there will be at least one phone," she said.

Luckily, around 6 p.m., the system was back online.

"Good news! After two days with no phone service, our phones are back up and running," officials said. "We are so appreciative of all the patience and flexibility from you all. Mother nature sure did a number on Carl Stuart on Saturday with the lightning storm! Thankfully, the Conway Public Schools Technology Support Team and Conway Corporation have been working to get us back on track. Feel free to give us a call. We're happy to hear from you!"

The Log Cabin Democrat attended the Conway Board of Education meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the administration building.

Several times during the meeting, the alarm system began beeping, several in the room sharing the responsibility to get up and turn the alert off.

Turns out, Kendrick confirmed, the weekend storm also caused damage to several other buildings in the district.

"It has made the phone and alarm system at the [c]entral [o]ffice, [a]rena, and [m]usic [c]omplex cut in-and-out," she said. "We are also checking the HVAC unit and generators at the [h]igh [s]chool [which] are not running at full power."

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