10News WTSP is not giving up when it comes to getting answers about air conditioning issues at dozens of Hillsborough County schools.
10News first told you about air conditioning problems at MacFarlane Elementary earlier this week. Two third-grade teachers claim they have not had A/C in their classrooms since Labor Day. Late this afternoon, portable air conditioners were delivered.
But there are much bigger problems for the district, 10News not giving up on about 25 schools that need major A/C repairs or replacement at a cost of about $5 million each. The district simply doesn't have the funds to do it.
Superintendent Jeff Eakins was still not available, so 10News requested interviews with school board members to find out how they plan to tackle this problem. They were contacted by phone, through the website and even Twitter. They have not responded.
Many of the teachers with air conditioning problems have commented on Facebook, wondering what the temperature is like in the district office, so we wanted to find out. Our laser thermometer showed it was 73 degrees in the lobby. That's a comfortable 13 degrees cooler than some classrooms where kids are sweating it out.
The district does have a five year plan to deal with major maintenance and repairs. This year's proposed budget only includes $4 million dollars for air conditioner repairs. That is far less than what's needed.
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