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Aging school buildings in Gadsden County are having air conditioning issues

Posted at 5:23 PM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 17:23:39-04

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. — Beating the heat in some Gadsden County schools has been a challenge this new school year, but school officials say everything's cool.

Stewart Street Elementary School in Quincy felt the temperatures rise this week when a compressor on the air conditioner in Building 5 broke.

School officials immediately called for a replacement and it was installed Thursday. It should take another 24 hours for the temperature to get back to normal. In the meantime, fans are whirling, trying to keep students cool.

School officials say Gadsden County Schools are kept at average temperature of about 74 degrees, but they say that can vary though from school to school.

Older schools like George Monroe and Gadsden Elementary Magnet that were built before there was air conditioning, so they are trying to operate A/C in buildings that weren't designed for it.

In the interim, students have been moved out of several classrooms while they wait for a new part to arrive.

Moving forward, officials say they need funding so they can start to modernize the school's AC systems. Until then, all air conditioning systems in all Gadsden County schools are working to the best of their ability.