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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  • by STEPHANIE Location: MERIDIAN on Aug 17, 2007 at 10:42 AM
    I AGREE THAT THE HEAT IS AN ISSUE WITH THE SCHOOL SPORTS AND ATTENDANCE. SCHOOL SHOULD NEVER START IN THE HOTTEST MONTH OF THE YEAR. TEACHERS ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE CHILDREN FORGETTING WHAT THEY LEARNED THE PREVIOUS YEAR AND NOT THINKING ABOUT THE WELL BEING OF THE PRESENT. I, AS A PARENT, BELIEVE THAT SCHOOL SHOULD START IN SEPTEMBER AFTER LABOR DAY AND GO TO THE FIRST WEEK OF JUNE. AT THE CURRENT WEATHER CONDITION, HOW MANY CHILDREN COME HOME ON THE SCHOOL BUS IN THIS HEAT ABOUT TO PASS OUT OR SWEATING SO MUCH THAT THEIR CLOTHES ARE DRIPPING. THE CHILDREN SHOULD BE WHAT ARE THOUGHT OF FIRST. ALSO ANOTHER QUESTION COMES TO MIND - WITH THE HEAT LIKE IT IS AND THE CHILDREN HAVING TO BE ON THE BUS FOR AT LEAST 30 AND SOME MUCH LONGER -- WHAT ABOUT THEIR MOTIVATION TO DO HOMEWORK THAT AFTERNOON. I TELL YOU WHAT IT IS – THEY ARE TOO HOT TO DO ANYTHING OTHER THAN COME IN AND REST FOR A BIT.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 15, 2007 at 03:05 PM
    I am against school beginning earlier each year. It should go back to starting the day after Labor Day. Beginning in early August causing more air condition expense. They should not get out early on Wednesdays. They should go thru Wednesday before Thanksgiving. There should not be out at Easter. As parents we were not out at Easter. That waste time they should be in school.
  • by ANN Location: PHILADELPHIA (NESHOBA CENTRAL) on Aug 15, 2007 at 09:23 AM
    I THINK THAT IT IS A NECESSITY TO GET AIR CONDITIONERS ON THE SCHOOL BUSES. THE DRIVER IS ABLE TO HAVE A FAN UP THERE AND THE KIDS HAVE TO BURN UP. MY CHILDREN COME HOME EVERYDAY FROM SCHOOL ALL RED FACED AND BURNING UP, EVEN WITH THE WINDOWS DOWN. I ALSO FEEL LIKE THE SCHOOLS SHOULD HAVE SEAT BELTS ON THE BUS.
  • by Shannon Grant Location: Sumter County on Aug 14, 2007 at 01:07 PM
    i think that it is to late for school cuz it is to hot we shold start back school after laborday
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