published Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

East Lake Elementary vandalized, students released early

East Lake Elementary School students will be dismissed today at 12:30 p.m. after the school’s air conditioning system was vandalized, leaving more than 400 students to battle with a the expected high of 93 degrees.

“Some people cut through the fence last night and tore out some copper in our chiller,” said Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith.

School officials called the system’s central office this morning to report that the air conditioning wasn’t working, said Karen Hollis, operations director for elementary schools with the school district.

She said the $50 worth of copper the vandals too, will cost the school district between $10,000 and $20,000 to fix. Most of it will be covered by the insurance, she said, with the exception of the deductible, which she didn’t know how much it was.

For complete details, read tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Perla Trevizo...

Perla Trevizo joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 2007 and covers immigration/diversity issues and higher education. She holds a master’s degree in newswire journalism from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Texas. In 2011 she participated in the Bringing Home the World international reporting fellowship program sponsored by the International Center for Journalists, producing a series on Guatemalan immigrants for which she ...

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BigDonL said...

Crap. Now scumbags are going to do this all over town.

August 10, 2011 at 12:09 p.m.
PaulWilson said...

Awe...its just too hot for school.

When I was in elementary school, we didn't have air conditioning. We were lucky in the winter to have heat. Here's an idea...open up the windows, try using some box fans, and give the kids plenty of water to replenish their fluids. Cool the kids off that way. The a/c units could cost how much to an already financially troubled school district?! Don't replace it. Purchase more fans in the meantime and have a fundraiser. It's what we did in our day. Not having a/c is a sorry excuse for not having classes.

August 10, 2011 at 12:30 p.m.
Legend said...

Not having a/c is a sorry excuse for not having classes.

If you think repairing the a/c is expensive, if some child is sicken or even dies from heatstroke or some other heat related condition, it will then be even more costly for the school system.

August 10, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.
WEBMAN said...

@BigDonL This has been going on since the beginning of time. They have never stopped.Legislation has been written and re-written to combat this problem.This is nothing compared to what they are doing with old cars in the city. If you have an older car, it can be scraped for the metal without showing proof that you own the car.My brother had his '78 station wagon stolen and sold for scrap.Car ran and was in perfect shape.Now you see why all the signs are posted all over town wanting to buy your old cars.If you really want to solve the metal theft problems, shut down the scrap yards.Poof, problem goes away instantly.

August 10, 2011 at 1:25 p.m.
LibDem said...

PaulWilson: Did you have box fans? We just had windows that opened. We walked from an unairconditioned house to an unairconditioned school. I'm sure we're all dead and don't realize it.

August 10, 2011 at 1:34 p.m.
hambone said...

Schools today have windows that don't open in order to prevent theives from getting in.

August 10, 2011 at 2:36 p.m.
PaulWilson said...

Hey Legend...did you read my post? Keeping the children from over heating is simple. That's why I said this...

Here's an idea...open up the windows, try using some box fans, and give the kids plenty of water to replenish their fluids. Cool the kids off that way.

To that you could add things like juices, gatorade for older students, and similar products to replace electrolytes lost in their sweat. Use your head.

August 10, 2011 at 4:21 p.m.
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