CHARLOTTE – Channel 9 learned that many buildings in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools District are having air conditioning issues.
Alexandria Boyd said that her 16-year-old daughter Deandria fell ill with COVID-19 less than a week after class began at the North Mecklenburg High School. Boyd said that a broken air conditioner in the school was partly to blame.
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She said it was too hot inside and the students weren’t wearing masks.
“We’ve been in this pandemic all year,” Boyd said.
She believes the lack of air conditioning has increased the threat of COVID-19.
Channel 9 learned that 29 CMS elementary, middle and high schools deal with HV / AC issues.
The problem at Myers Park High School was so bad that the parents raised money to buy fans to place anywhere in the school.
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“At this point, it’s a problem when there are multiple schools that don’t have adequate air conditioning to control the germs these kids are breathing in,” Boyd said.
CMS Board of Education chairman Elyse Dashew said the district has a shortage of HV / AC staff and that they are now offering $ 1,000 in bonuses to help recruit staff and get the air conditioning up and running bring to.
Boyd said the school district should prioritize repairing the air conditioning.
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“Now let’s get an outside contractor in,” said Boyd. “Let’s get a contract. Give someone else a small business opportunity to help the school. There is no excuse for me. “
CMS said it is hiring vendors to help fix the problem.
Below is the list of schools affected:
- Albemarle Road Primary School
- Bailey Middle
- Bruns Avenue Elementry
- Community center in the middle
- Couldwood STEM Academy
- Crown Point Elementary Level
- Dorthy J. Vaughn Academy of Technology
- East Mecklenburg high
- Eastway center
- Francis Bradley Middle
- Garinger high
- Hopewell High
- Huntersville Elementary School
- JH Gunn Elementary School
- Long Creek Elementary School
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle
- Matthews Elementary School
- McAlpine Elementary
- Myers Park High
- North Mecklenburg height
- Oakdale Elementary School
- Pineville Elementary School
- Polo Ridge Elementary
- Providence high
- Ranson center
- Ridge Road center
- River Gate Elementary School
- Sharon Elementary School
- West Mecklenburg high
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