Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hotter in the classrooms

A parent wrote in to complain this week that local schools had the air conditioning turned off a week ago, during one of the hotter days of this relatively mild summer.

Intrigued, Second Thoughts investigated.

Turns out, it is indeed warmer on Tracy Unified campuses this year. Just not when classes are in session.

The district, in an effort to save money and be an environmental steward, ratchets down the air conditioning after classes are out in the afternoons. But when school is in session, a district spokeswoman said, students should be appropriately cooled.

Of course, that doesn't account for equipment breakdowns and that kind of thing. But there's no plan in place to save a few bucks by baking the kids.

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