Schools Have Concerns About Heat

On just the second day of school, the Sumter County School District ended classes early due to the heat.

"I just wanted to be proactive. A lot of times we're reactive and then as a result something catastrophic happens," said superintendent, Dr. Fred Primm. "And so, I wanted to be proactive."

That's why Primm said the district has also called in outside air conditioning service workers to address cooling concerns.

Although the financial cost for keeping cool is high, district officials say the alternative could be even higher.

"It's not a matter of, if you can afford it or not," said Primm. "It's a necessity. And when it's a necessity and you just have to find ways to find the money. So, you just have to find ways to spend this money for necessities and you just kind of have to cut back in other areas."

To further address cooling concerns, Dr. Primm said the district is adjusting schedules for PE classes and many other extracurricular activities. He said the district has and will continue to take this seriously.

"We'll do whatever money we've got to spend. We're going to make sure that they're comfortable," Primm said.

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