Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 24, 2014

Broken AC heating up high school

MONTCALM — Classrooms are using fans to stay cool while maintenance workers wait for a part needed to restore the air conditioning at Montcalm High School.

The school’s air conditioning system failed earlier this week, said Principal Mark Page.

“A part broke on the air conditioner,” Page said Friday, adding the loss impacted the whole school. “We’ve got central air.”

Page said he checked the classrooms that morning. The temperature climbed during the day, but while he said “it’s been warm,” he did not have an estimate of the temperatures. In the meantime, other methods are being used for cooling.

“Everybody’s got fans,” Page said. “Some are big, some are different sizes. Some rooms have two windows. Some only have one.”

Maintenance personnel from the central office of Mercer County Schools have checked the air conditioning system.

“They were working on it Monday and they were working on it Tuesday,” Page stated. ‘They’ve been working on it for two or three days.” There was no estimate about when the part would arrive.

One parent, Greg Keys, who has two daughters attending Montcalm, said heating was also a problem. Temperatures sometimes get too cold in the winter.

“They freeze to death, they do,” Keys said. “They’ve got to wear hoodies and coats and stuff all the time.”

Page said the heating system is old, and there are plans to replace it. The school was built in 1983.

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