Hot weather fuels battle for cool classrooms

The hot weather across parts of the state can sometimes be unbearable,
but can you imagine working in a room that reaches 90 degrees?          
For many students and teachers across the state that’s exactly what they do every day.
We first told you about this problem a few months ago when a group of students and teachers were pushing state lawmakers to add air conditioning to all classrooms.   
Now months later some teachers say not much has changed and they want to know if anything is being done to make improvements.
“It doesn’t matter how good of a teacher you are. It doesn’t matter how great the lesson plan is. The heat basically stops all learning,” said Rosenlee.
Corey Rosenlee is a teacher at Campbell High School. He says the heat gets so bad in classrooms that it’s having a negative impact on both students and teachers alike.
“You can see it by the 4th period,” said Rosenlee. “They’ve been fighting the heat all day and they put their heads down.”
So how hot are we talking?
According to Rosenlee some of the classrooms can reach up to 90 degrees.
“Teachers have been sending in pictures of 95 degrees, 93 degrees and they are complaining about how difficult it is by the end of the day,” said Rosenlee.
Now this isn’t the first time the issue has been raised but its one he says needs to be addressed.
Earlier this year, the legislature appropriated $2.3 million for Campbell High School to be spent on a new air conditioning system.
This year, Rosenlee was placed in a classroom that has AC, but he says there’s still other classes at Campbell as well as across that state that need attention.
“We have to decide how can we solve this,” said Rosenlee.  “We cant just say it’s too big of a problem. We cant solve it. We can either close schools down when it gets too hot or we can find cooling strategies that will work for our classroom.”
The Department of Education does have an AC priority list. Ewa Beach Elementary is first on the list while Campbell sits at number third.
Their website also points out that they are working with the legislature to fast track air conditioning projects, but Rosenlee says he wants proof or an update that something is actually being done and hasn’t gotten one.
“The biggest question we have right now for the DOE is what are you doing to solve this problem? and can you publicly announce what you are doing so those that are in this condition feel that progress is being made,” said Rosenlee.

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