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Aug 14, 2012 2:38 AM

Gridley students not too cool for school

TUCSON - Gridley Middle School students are definitely not too cool for school. Since last week they have had to deal with an air-conditioning system that continues to flunk out.

A decades old air conditioning system at the school has been an ongoing problem.

According to student's parents, the system has continued to provide cool air sporadically throughout the school day.

TUSD Maintenance and Repair Manager, David Rodriguez, says the air conditioning units at the school have repeatedly challenged the districts technicians. "It'll run for a few hours then shut off automatically", he said, "At that time we'll bring a crew out here to determine the cause and then get the system back on."

Parents, like Michael Higgins, say the problem existed even before before this school year started at Gridley. "We're concerned, we want it taken care of," Higgins said, "we want our kids to be comfortable at school."

TUSD released a statement on Monday saying, "We are working to keep our students as comfortable as possible. District technicians are working with the system vendor into the evening to resolve this issue as soon as possible."

Technicians working on the units yesterday said they expect to have the system back up on Tuesday or Wednesday. TUSD spokesperson, Cara Rene, said at this point the district does not plan to cancel classes. Meantime, the kids at Gridley Middle School will continue sweat it out.

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