Chatham County Schools district office gets "all clear"

Office had been evacuated Wednesday morning
Sep. 11, 2013 @ 03:07 PM

UPDATE

After evacuating the central administrative office Wednesday morning due to a suspicious package, Chatham County Schools officials recieived the all-clear to return to work just after 2 p.m., according to a statement from the district.

Bus routes are operating normally and schools will be dismissed at the regular times.

"Due to the unusual nature of the tracking information, the package appearance and practicing an abundance of caution, administration called the Sheriff’s office," the school system stated in a press release. "Subsequently, the [Pittsboro] Fire Department was called and the building was evacuated. Law enforcement officials took over the investigation, and county office personnel were distributed to individual schools."

Messages went out to parents of students at nearby Pittsboro Elementary and Horton Middle School preparing them for road closings, but at 2:06 p.m., law enforcement declared an all-clear, reopened Highway 64 and admitted personnel back into the office, according to the release.

Superintendent Derrick D. Jordan said in the release he was pleased with how quickly county personnel exited the building and adhered to safety procedures.

The following agencies were involved in the investigation: Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, Pittsboro Police Department, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, U.S. Postal Inspectors, Pittsboro Fire Department, Chatham County Fire Marshall’s Office and Chatham County Emergency Management.

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EARLIER STORY

The Chatham County Schools district office, located at 369 West St., Pittsboro, was evacuated after a package was delivered to the office this morning.

According to Chatham County Schools Public Information Officer Lori Carlin, the administration called the Chatham County Sheriff's Office because of the "unusual nature of the tracking information, the package appearance and practicing an abundance of caution."

The local fire department has also been called, and law enforcement officials are investigating.