Although we’ve had recent subzero temperatures the District 204 School Board’s main focus was set on a summertime problem, how to keep schools cool in extreme heat.
The board was presented with ways to accommodate schools without air conditioning and how much it could potentially cost the district.
There are currently 20 schools without air conditioning and when temperatures hit 90 degrees earlier this school year they were forced to close.
Options include installing school wide air conditioning systems which could cost the district $38 million, installing partial air conditioning in multi purpose rooms or gyms, costing $2.1 million or possibly renting portable AC units just for the spring and summer months when schools are in session.
“We’ve had many community members come forth and tell us that they want air conditioning, its our job as a board to move forward with that, we have some good options and some not good ones, but they are all there. And now its our decision if we want to add air conditioning or not and I think right now we should move this back a little bit,” said Board Member, Justin Karubus.
Ultimately, the board will consider all options before making a final decision, they will discuss the matter further in the spring.
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