Kanawha schools continue to deal with AC

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Kanawha schools continue to deal with AC
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

As Kanawha County continued Monday to close schools due to air conditioning and power failures, county Superintendent Ron Duerring said the county has old AC systems and not enough money to replace them or make major upgrades.

On Friday, schools officials closed seven schools, including four of the county’s eight high schools, due to AC and power failures, meaning about one in 10 Kanawha public schools were closed that day. Four of the county’s schools were closed Monday due to similar issues.

When asked why AC problems seem to be a recurring annual theme in Kanawha, Duerring said the district spent $23 million several years ago to upgrade many of its AC systems, including some of the systems that were in the worst shape. But he noted the district has 68 schools.

“Many of those systems out there are still very old, and there’s just not enough money to cover putting all new systems in and getting them where they need to be,” he said Monday.

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