Board Votes For AC In Schools
The plan includes Fairview, Benton, Blue Ridge, Parkade, and Russell Boulevard Elementary Schools.
The money allotted for the project will go towards installing ground source heating and cooling, as well as some window and roof replacements.
Currently, 11 of the 19 elementary schools in Columbia do not have air conditioning. After this project is completed, six will be without it.
Students said air conditioning will be helpful in the class room.
"I probably would love air conditioning," said Fairview student Caleb Lucero. "It gets really hot and we are always sweating like heck. We have to turn the fans off because we have like six fans and our papers are always blowing around the room."
The renovations to the five elementary schools is scheduled to be completed by the end of next school year.