School to reopen Monday after copper wire theft

Students at Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School in the Lower Ninth Ward will finally be able to head back to school Monday.

NEW ORLEANS -- Students at Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School in the Lower Ninth Ward will finally be able to head back to school Monday.

Classes were supposed to start last week, but thieves stole all of the copper wiring in the building. The thieves also pulled out of every bit of wire from PVC conduit on the property. Repairs were estimated at $10,000.

Electricians say they've made replacements using aluminum wiring in hopes of deterring people from stealing again.

Students will have to make up the week they lost later in the school year.


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