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Garner elementary school dismissed after AC breaks

Posted June 9, 2009

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— Students from Rand Road Elementary were dismissed at noon Tuesday after the air-conditioning system broke.

Administrators decided to close the school at 300 Arbor Greene Drive early due to a forecast high in the low 90s, Greg Thomas, a spokesman for the Wake County Public School System, said.

Repairs could not be completed Tuesday morning, because replacement parts were delayed, he said.

Crews will repair the system Tuesday night in an effort to have it functioning by Wednesday morning. The forecast high for Wednesday is 95 degrees.

No end-of-grade testing was scheduled for Tuesday. Any changes to the testing schedule will be posted on the school system's Web site, Thomas said.

Rand Road is a year-round school with approximately 692 students enrolled.

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  • enots Jun 9, 2009

    "And THIS constitutes NEWS??????"

    It does to those it affects. LIke someone said in an earlier post. If the AC breaks at work you would be the first one to complain and the first one to try to go home. These kids cannot decide to go home.

  • csswisher Jun 9, 2009

    And THIS constitutes NEWS??????

  • skewlteachrmommy Jun 9, 2009

    The A/C broke Friday. They installed window units in rooms the kids were to test in. How unfair for the other students to suffer. The staff was told it could take all week before the a/c is repaired. Wake County is so not prepared. Good thing I teach in another county!

  • DougWare.NET Jun 9, 2009

    wa4mjf,

    I can clearly remember the treat of having ceiling fans installed in our school. We had no AC, teachers opened windows using a stick with a hook on it.

  • RonnieR Jun 9, 2009

    Geez, no AC, what a shame. I never had AC in school and I lived through it.

  • enots Jun 9, 2009

    Too Funny!! Yes we have AC and Indoor plumbing, but only for special occasions.

  • enots Jun 9, 2009

    "If you keep a building closed when it is cool, it will stay cooler than opening up the windows. So if it is designed to stay closed that would be an advantage."

    The AC has been off since Friday so keeping the school closed only makes it into an oven by this time.

  • ThisIsMyName Jun 9, 2009

    They have A/C in Garner?

  • time4real Jun 9, 2009

    another casualty of mandatory year round! get used to it, more of these non-stop schools will suffer the same fates!

  • Not_So_Dumb Jun 9, 2009

    NCPictures - "If you keep a building closed when it is cool, it will stay cooler than opening up the windows. So if it is designed to stay closed that would be an advantage."

    True enough, but at the same time kids coming in the building in the morning will allow a huge amount of the cool air to escape. I am not saying that it is going to be unbearable, just the idea that since some of us (like me) went to schools without AC that these kids can too might not be understanding the whole story. The school may be designed in a way that it does not have the ability to stay cool without the A/C system.

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