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Kill Your Air Conditioning

One Middleborough Elementary School parent challenges school and county officials to turn off their air conditioning during hot school days.

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 . "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."

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April S. January 29, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Air conditioning IS A BIG DEAL! i challenge all these county officials to spend an hour in a classroom that is above 90 degrees. i can tell you from experience being a senior in HS how hot it can get and how frustrating it is that kids are subjected to this. If we aren't comfortable how do they expect us to learn and be focused when we are sweating in our seats? What about the ones that have medical conditions that can't be in this heat? Teachers that are pregnant that have enough things going on with fatigue and hormones along with this heat. This affects students learning, i thought education was #1. It is a big deal!
MTH January 29, 2012 at 11:39 PM
I work outside for a living as does 3 billion people in the world. Not inhumane, you need to toughen up a bit!
Concerned Mom January 30, 2012 at 02:44 PM
MTH- Working outside means that you have access to some air flow- we do not. You can go and seek air conditioning if you want to- we cannot. We are bathrooming 16 special needs children in a small windowless bathroom that is over 90 degress, not to mention the heat and humidity in the classroom and also doing all of physical things required to run a classroom with active special needs kids. When you have done this job under these conditions, then you have a right to post on this topic, until then, you look completely ridiculous because you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about!
Concerned Mom January 30, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Here we go- let's get this done! http://www.comp.state.md.us/comptroller/initiatives/airconditioning/default.asp#
Tim January 30, 2012 at 04:16 PM
thanks, done.

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