Schools might be slow to crank up thermostat

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Just because it's cold outside, don't assume the heat will be on inside some schools.

Richmond County parents should bundle up their children and make sure their clothing is layered, because older schools might not be quick to flip on the heat.

Schools with older heating systems might wait to turn them on despite overnight temperatures this week dipping to freezing. It takes three days to heat the thousands of gallons of water in single-loop systems and just as long to cool the water if the warm weather returns, said Benton Starks, the school system's senior director of facilities services.

"I can't change the laws of physics, no matter how much people jump up and scream," Mr. Starks said of the time involved. "I just don't have the power."

The official switch to heat isn't made until after Thanksgiving, but principals can choose to turn the heat on at their schools earlier, he said.

Each year, he sends a letter warning the schools, however, that it takes time to make the switch and that it will also take time to switch back to cooling the school.

Dan Miller, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C., said it might be a bit early to pack away warm-weather clothing.

Although Augusta could have its first frost of the school year this morning, or more likely Thursday morning, it wouldn't be unusual for temperatures to warm up, he said.

The weather service's forecast calls for temperatures to reach about 72 degrees Saturday before turning cool again.

"There's at least the promise that temperatures could warm up to or above normal," Mr. Miller said.

Reach Greg Gelpi at (706) 828-3851 or

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lifelongresidient 10/30/08 - 12:51 pm
my questions exactly mr.

my questions exactly mr. leap. something is wrong, there are not enuff textbooks for some classes, amoung other things, but venus cain and the other members of the school board keep schreeching "IT FOR THE CHILDREN" but the school are operating on the old items use just mentioned, so something is very wrong. and to top it off more and more money is poured into the system and the net test results get worse each year...if you were to remove the preformance of johnson, davidson and walker, i believe the county would have lost their accredidiation by now. but what is the solution more money and more "programs" instead of instituting the one that works best...and that having a ZERO, AND I MEAN ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY!!!! if students are disrepectful, disruptive, violent, or just DON'T want to learn then they need to be expelled immediately!!!!!!! no alternative school, no program for at risk, these are student who don't want to be there and their parent don't care, so send them back to their trifling parents to raise instead of the overburdened teachers, school is for learning, not sports, so if schools don't meet standards then cancel all sports progams until it does

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