Workers install a replacement three-phase transformer Tuesday
morning at Burlingame schools.
Jeremy Gaston | Editor
BURLINGAME—Students in all grades at Burlingame schools were
given an extra day of summer after last week’s storms blew
a crucial transformer behind the schools.
The three-phase transformer blew sometime around 7 p.m. on Friday,
Aug. 13, when high winds hit high voltage lines in the area. The
difficulty, however, came in replacing the unit, valued at more
“They looked all over and finally found this one in South
Dakota,” said Allen Konicek, superintendent of Burlingame
The transformer, which was located Saturday morning, was delivered
and immediately installed late Tuesday morning by city employees.
The delay in getting things started was enough to prompt the district
to push back the start of school, with students entering the halls
today (Thursday) instead of Wednesday.
“We’ve got to power up and see if we lost anything inside,”
Konicek said. “We’ll start it up today and start getting
things online. We’ll spend the rest of today and tomorrow
The city brought in a three-phase generator to help fill some of
the needs of the school this week, allowing them to keep the refrigerators
and freezers on, keep crucial network components cool, and turn
on the lights for practices in the gyms.
The delay applied to school activities, with Wednesday becoming
a teachers’ workday, and also the rescheduling of the elementary
back to school event scheduled for Tuesday evening.
Despite the setback, Konicek expected no further delays in the start
“As long as everything goes as planned,” he said.