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School District Responds to Air Conditioning Outages

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LAS VEGAS - The heat is causing problems for students across the Clark County School District. Air conditioning failed in some schools and, in one case, students were forced to go to another school to keep cool.

Wednesday, parents transferred their kids from Diskin Elementary to Decker Elementary for the day, because the air conditioning failed at Diskin. Thanks to planning and coordination, it was a smooth transition.

"From my point, the parents that I've spoken to have just been fantastic," said Diskin Principal Elizabeth Smith. "They're understanding. You know they're frustrated, because we don't have AC, and we've had to move, but otherwise they've been very helpful and understanding and understand the situation."

Diskin wasn't the only school without air conditioning. Reedom Elementary also experienced problems, but classroom temperatures weren't high enough to affect the kids.

With temperatures still near the 100 degree mark, doctors are reminding parents to make sure they keep their kids hydrated and prepared for the heat, whether it's inside or outside.

"Not having kids outside during the day… if they are going to go outside, try and perhaps try and provide a break in between excessive amounts of activity," said Sunrise Hospital Dr. Ravi Garehgart.

The maintenance issues at CCSD have district officials reminding everyone about the ballot measure they're trying to get voters to approve in November. The school district says the property tax increase would help pay for repairs and maintenance which could prevent air conditioning outages at area schools.

It's still unclear whether that measure will make the November ballot. The Nevada Supreme Court is considering a lawsuit filed by the Nevada Policy Research Institute which alleges the measure violates Nevada's open meeting law.

Students are returning to Diskin Elementary Thursday.

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