Temperature Trouble For Local Students

By: Stephen McLamb
By: Stephen McLamb

Loudon County (WVLT) Parents of students at Greenback School say some classrooms still don't have working air conditioning.

And some parents say the school district's not doing enough about it.

Volunteer TV's Stephen McLamb spent the day at the school.

Superintendent Edward Headlee says there are A/C units with problems throughout the Loudon system.

He says they've taken two portable A/C units out to Greenback to help.

But some students say, they aren't working very well.

Some school children at Greenback School are thankful to be getting home today where they know it's cool, unlike some of their classrooms.

One parent says it's been that way since school began last week.

Tammi Selvidge, who's upset the classrooms are hot says, "they had a thermometer in their classroom and it was reading over 90 degrees."

The kids say at least three of their classrooms are hot, making it a little tough to learn.

Megan Webster says, "it's just that we can't concentrate because it's so hot and we just can't pretty much do anything because it's so hot."

One mother is especially concerned, because her child has asthma which could be a health risk.

Selvidge continues, "could induce his asthma attacks so it's not a safe environment for a child to be learning at all."

Besides the kids, it's a situation that's also frustrating for the parents.

Karen Thomas says, "it's a very helpless feeling because there's nothing we can do. I know he can't be learning a lot because he's miserable."

The situation may not be getting better as one child said someone came to look at the air conditioning units today.

Webster says, "they did. They looked at them and then they said they couldn't do nothing with them. Oh, how did that make you feel? Not good."

And some parents say even school officials are not helping.

Judy Webster says, "they allow them to buy water but if they are going to not have air conditioning I think they should let them have the water."

Superintendent Headlee says they are assessing the situation.

If they can be fixed he says parts will be ordered.

If not, then they'll have to look at replacing the units although there is no word on when the schools units will be fixed.

Meanwhile, we checked with Knox County Schools.

They still have about 112 A/C units across the district that need attention, though not all of them are inoperable.

And crews are working to get as many as possible fixed each day.

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  • by A C Location: Greenback on Aug 16, 2007 at 05:46 PM
    My son attends this school and has no air. It is pitiful that they make the kids suffer. In my opinion if the money is the problem then they should tell the parents. We could hold car washes or bake sales to raise money. Or maybe we could get someone to donate the labor if we furnished the parts. The truth is that Greenback gets forgotten because we are set apart from the other Loudon County Schools. The money stops at Fort Loudoun Bridge. I bet you a hundred dollars that the county commision has air and that the superintendent has air in his office. And if it was broken they would fix it in no time.
  • by Rodney Location: Powell on Aug 14, 2007 at 03:23 AM
    I remember sitting through MANY days of hot classrooms and even a few days where we were instructed to wear a thick coat because we had no heat (Temp in the 30's). These were days in the 1980's and 90's. That's the problem with our children today. They're spoiled ROTTEN. It makes me sick when my two children are amazed that I have to work in a factory with NO AC and little heat. Maybe we should acclimate them to the real world at some point.
  • by Mary Location: Oak Ridge tn on Aug 13, 2007 at 11:17 PM
    Is it not the school systems responsibility to have all the a/c's in shape and working before school starts. A fter all we all know July and August are very hot months. They have had since school let out in June to take care of this. I think it is pure neglect on the school system part. I would not allow my child to go and suffer from the heat.
  • by Robert Location: Greenback on Aug 13, 2007 at 08:11 PM
    My child attends Greenback. He is fortunate that his room's air conditioning is in working order. However, there are other children, YOUNG CHILDREN! who have to suffer through the heat. All of the elected officials in the Loudon Co. School District should be ashamed of themselves. I suggest they better be working on their resume's. I seriously doubt they will be re-elected in the future. They will not get my vote, I promise you. Furthermore, I do not blame the Greenback school system. They do the best with what they have which is not much. All of the staff are "good people".


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