A/C problems prompt review of project priorities for Pasco schools
Electric fans whirred in the corners throughout Oakstead Elementary School in Land O'Lakes on Monday morning. A vicious storm that had kids doing the duck and cover twice on Friday knocked out much of the school's air conditioning, as well as some of its lighting.
Oakstead wasn't the only district school to cope with A/C woes this year. Overheating rooms and wings have been reported across the county, including Smith Middle, Northwest Elementary and Land O'Lakes High.
The district's maintenance team has jumped on each outage as it's been reported. But the large number of glitches has led district officials to convene a committee that will discuss whether any redirection of capital project funding might be needed.
"We're putting together a group to determine whether we need to reprioritize our projects," said assistant superintendent Ray Gadd, noting that the three top priorities in the district's 12-year plan typically are roofs, air conditioning and pavement.
In the meantime, the schools cope until repairs are made, hoping that open windows make a difference.