Alan Southworth gets a little frustrated when he hears county officials say the lack of air conditioning in some Baltimore County Public Schools is no "big deal."
"We're tired of sending our kids to school where it's 94 degrees at 7:30 in the morning," said Southworth, the parent of an 8-year-old daughter at the school and a member of Air Conditioning For Middleborough.
"This is supposed to be an all is all," Southworth said during a meeting of the Board of Public Works Wednesday. "Is all all or does all mean half?"
"They have to do something to fix this," he said, adding that many of the adults in the Governor's Reception Room inside the State House wouldn't tolerate the conditions his daughter and others tolerate at the school.
"If the air conditioning is not that big a deal, I was told directly last June that it was only 17 days that our kids are subjected to this kind of heat—17 days," said Southworth. "They obviously don't have the funds. What they should do if all is all, they should shut down the air conditioning in every Baltimore County government building every Baltimore County public school until every school has air conditioning. Maybe with the money they save from all of them maybe they can pay for 100 percent air conditioning."