Parents Upset About Heating Problems at Elementary School

By: Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Jennifer Rizzi Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va (WSAZ) -- Shana Abdulla always bundles up her two children before going out in the cold.

"My baby has asthma, and cold air just triggers it," she said.

The coats and bundles usually come off when they go to school at J.E. Robins Elementary in Charleston. But Wednesday morning, they stayed on when her kids found out there was no heat.

"All I could think of was coldness," said her 9-year-old son A.J. Coleman. "I couldn't feel anything but the cold air. "It was like everything I touched was made of ice."

School officials say the school's boiling system was broken. They told parents it would be fixed by mid-afternoon.

They say the repairs ended up happening ahead of schedule in late morning.

But Abdulla says that was still too long to wait. Like several other parents, she pulled her kids out of class.

"They get sick easily," she said. "I'm not about to leave them sitting in here with no heat."

School officials say they didn't feel it was a big enough problem to cancel class or send students home.

Maintenance directors told that in cases like these, they work with principals and the superintendent's office to make the call.

They say they've poured thousands of dollars into maintaining the old building. Just this summer, they replaced the school's air conditioning system.

The building will no longer be used next year when construction for the new Edgewood Elementary School is finished.

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