Mary Persons High closed Monday for electrical issue

Students at Mary Persons High School in Monroe County are scheduled to be back in class Tuesday after an electrical issue closed the school Monday morning.

A maintenance worker noticed smoke coming from an outside transformer owned by the city of Forsyth, said Jackson Daniel, assistant superintendent for support services. As a result, officials shut down the electricity to work on the issue.

“We just went ahead and sent (the students) home,” Daniel said.

While students were released at 10:15 a.m., Mary Persons teachers continued working Monday, and class was still in session for Monroe County’s elementary and middle school students.

School leaders will decide later whether students will need to make up the day. However, Monroe County builds into its calendar some emergency and weather days. Depending on what happens later in the year, students may not need to make up the day, Daniel said.