Oak Ridge High School has placed your children in refrigerated classrooms that are kept cool on your dime.
The thermostats were replaced in most Oak Ridge classrooms over the past summer and have been fixed at frigid temperatures that neither teachers nor students are able to adjust. Teachers have to open the doors and windows to let heat in so that students aren’t subjected to arctic temperatures.
Some students have developed a system of keeping sweatshirts, blankets and snuggies in their classrooms all in the name of staying warm. Keeping classrooms cool on hot California days is important, but it’s apparent that something is wrong when students are coming to school wearing long sleeves in 90-degree weather to fight off hypothermia.
The thermostats were replaced to increase energy efficiency. The new ones automatically turn on every morning at 7 and shut off every afternoon at 3:30, and are remotely controlled by a master system. The thermostats are set at 75 degrees and the teachers may change the temperature within several degrees. That seems like a reasonable temperature, however, the thermostats put in appear to have a faulty temperature gauge that reads 75 degrees, but the rooms feel more like 65 degrees. The energy efficiency of the new system seems to be counter-productive. Instead of limiting the use of the air-conditioning, it is being over used to freeze the classrooms to the point where most students would rather be outside on a 100-degree day than inside in their sub-zero classroom.
This overly efficient air-conditioning system is wasting the school’s money and needs to be fixed, replaced or returned. It’s costing the school more money than it’s worth and is freezing students in the process.