Temperatures, Budget Cuts Causing Cold Classrooms

11:39 PM, Jan 23, 2014   |    comments
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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Guilford County School District is dealing with problems inside some of their classrooms - the temperature.

The combination of old equipment and these bitterly cold temperatures is causing malfunctions. Maintenance staff say they get 75-100 calls a day, usually involving cold classrooms. Our recent cold streak is not helping the situation.

"As they run continuously in this cold weather, the wear and tear becomes evident at times so we have staff working pretty much around the clock and will continue through the weekend," said GCS Maintenance Manager Gerald Greeson.

The District is taking a proactive approach to this weekend's forecast. Yesterday, every principal in the district received a letter asking each school to leave the heat on and the water faucets open over the weekend.

"Maintaining that old equipment, it's like an old car, it uses a lot of excess oil, everything about it costs money," said Greeson. "It's more expensive to run someone after it reaches its life expectancy."

District leaders say they can't replace outdated equipment because of five straight years of budget cuts.

WFMY News 2

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