Aromas, San Juan schools let out early

Gas leak and power outage on the first day of school.

Students from San Juan School and Aromas School were dismissed early on their first day back as the schools experienced a power outage and gas leak, respectively. 

According to the Aromas-San Juan Unified School District website, San Juan School students were released at noon as a precaution to the high temperatures and lack of power. According to a message by the school district, a truck struck a power pole near San Juan School sometime the night of Aug. 14. While PG&E is working at the scene, they have not been able to restore power. 

Superintendent Michele Huntoon said PG&E estimated the power to be restored around 2 p.m. She also said only a handful of students remain at the school, but are being supervised by staff. 

About 10 miles away, Aromas School dealt with a gas leak reported around 9 a.m. Immediately after finding the leak, students and staff were evacuated, Huntoon said. As of 1:15 p.m. the gas leak had been fixed, but students were not required to return to school. 

Huntoon said school will resume tomorrow. 

“We can’t take any chances,” Huntoon said. “We have to protect staff and the students.”





Noe Magaña

Noe Magaña is a BenitoLink reporter. He also experiments with videography and photography. A San Benito High School alumnus with a bachelor's in journalism from San Jose State and a Liberal Arts Associate's Degree from Gavilan College. Noe also attended San Jose City College and was the managing editor for the City College Times, the school's newspaper. He also was a reporter and later a copy editor for San Jose State's Spartan Daily.