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District 2 approves air conditioning units, flat fees

Published: Saturday, March 1, 2014 10:18 p.m. CST • Updated: Saturday, March 1, 2014 10:20 p.m. CST

RICHMOND – Twelve air conditioning window units will be installed this spring, the District 2 school board decided at its meeting Wednesday.

Six units will be installed at Spring Grove Elementary and another six at Nippersink Middle School in the classrooms that have consistently hit temperatures as high as 91 degrees.

The total cost to upgrade the electrical system and purchase the units is estimated at $3,500 on average per classroom, Superintendent Dan Oest has said. Electrical improvements needed to handle the increased load from the units will be completed over spring break so that the units can be installed as time allows once they arrive, Oest said in an email.

The intent is to have them installed this spring before summer vacation, he said. The improvements and installation are expected to take about three weeks.

The units won’t address other classrooms, which, some parents said, have reached levels that required students to be pulled out of the rooms and moved to cooler areas. The other rooms will continue to be monitored, Oest said.

One parent – Nancy Webb, who has two girls at Spring Grove Elementary – criticized the board at a previous meeting for continually pushing back a decision on the other rooms.

The District 2 school board also voted to keep registration and extracurricular fees level after reducing the fees for athletic and non-competitive programs last year.

The cost for gym uniforms was reduced to $6 for a top and $8 for a bottom from $10 for each last year, according to board documents. The cost for an eighth-grade graduation cap, gown and tassel was increased by a dollar.

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