The thermostat blues

Classroom temperatures aren’t always up to the teacher. Faulty equipment and pre-set thermostats can make the 70-degree ideal elusive.

The thermostat blues

The myth that teachers make the air cold in their classrooms is false. Teachers have no control over their rooms, according to school officials.

Students are put into these uncomfortable situations by the board of education downtown.

Mr. Brown, head custodian at Cross Creek, said all of the school’s heating and air-conditioning units are controlled downtown.

“We can’t adjust them on our own,” Brown said. “They aren’t going to turn the heat on until it gets below 68 degrees. If it passes 68 they will send maintenance out here to put in a work order. This isn’t just cross creek. This is every school in richmond county that is suffering like this.”

Brown said the same applies when the weather gets hotter.

“If it gets hotter than a certain temperature, then they will send maintenance out again,” Brown said.

But just because maintenance comes out, doesn’t mean a classroom’s climate will improve.

“Some rooms work fine. Some just don’t work at all,” Brown said. “ Some rooms still have the winter set in the summer time. Most of the time kids bother the thermostat and it still wont work.”

Math teacher, Mr. Patton, said he realizes the air-conditioning is controlled from downtown and it can be frustrating.

“I can adjust mine, but at a certain time of the day it automatically shuts off,” Patton said. “It saves money, but sometimes they don’t realize how hot it is in these rooms. All in all, I still think that a general control is needed. It’ll save money in the long-run”

Beta club president, Dashia Gay, said she doesn’t like these uncomfortable situations.

“Since forvever I have been dealing with this,” she said. “It’s always too cold or too hot. The only thing on my mind in the mornings is whether or not I need to bring a jacket for my classes, because you’ll never know.”