TAMPA, Fla. – With less than a month left before the start of school in Hillsborough County, nearly 40 schools in the district still have air conditioning systems that need to be replaced.
A district spokesperson says 10 schools have already had their cooling systems updated, but due to lack of funds, other repairs cannot happen at this time.
Hillsborough County Schools receives between $125-$135 million each year for maintenance projects. However, much of that goes toward past debt, leaving little money for necessary repairs.
The district has had problems in the past with malfunctioning air conditioning systems. Last school year, temperatures rose to 92 degrees in Hillsborough High School after an air handler broke.