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A/C, Maintenance Problems Found at Several Schools

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LAS VEGAS -- The new school year has barely begun, and already kids have been pushed out of the classroom because of failing air conditioners.

However, that is not all. There are also leaky roofs and electrical issues reported at some schools.

Students at Durango High School are back Thursday after broken air conditioners pushed them out.

"Everybody was sweating, and complaining and fanning each other. It was very hot," student Hannah Delamora said.

It turns out Durango High is just one of several problems seen across the valley.

Eighth graders at Cashman Middle School were sent to the library Thursday because air went out in their classroom, again.

"Old buildings, old issues, it would be a nice thing if we could have air in all of our buildings for all of our kids on a consistent basis," Cashman Middle School principal Misti Taton said.

At least 20 school air conditioners have broken down this year alone, along with various electrical and modernization issues.

School trustees say this is not a new problem in aging schools.

"You go to some schools and the roof literally leaks and people are putting trash cans in to try to catch the water," Clark County School District board member Dr. Linda Young said.

Trustees say budget cuts have left the district with fewer maintenance workers.

"We're doing less of the routine maintenance that we usually do and should be doing and that may be why we're seeing a result like this," CCSD board president Carolyn Edwards said.

Board members are considering putting a new bond on the 2014 ballot to help front the costs, which is something some parents support.

"It would help the community and it would help the kids for school," Aleeza Rodriguez, whose child goes to Durango High, said.

Some parents, like Hannah's, are concerned about trustees putting the money to the right projects.

"I don't want my daughter to be going to class, you know, sweating and dealing with what she's dealing with inside a classroom. You have to make sure the money goes to where it belongs," Hannah's father George Delamora said.

Trustees say until the money is there, they will continue to pay as they go by putting band-aids on problems, but no permanent solution.

Trustees plan to discuss a possible new school bond again at the end of the month; however, they're hesitant to do so too quickly because a similar bond failed last year.

Here is a list of schools that have had trouble with air conditioning .These schools are open, but are being watched so that repairs can be made if there is more problems.

  • Allen Elementary School
  • Bailey Middle School
  • Bonanza High School
  • Cashman Middle School
  • Coronado High School
  • Desert Pines High School
  • Diaz Elementary School
  • Diskin Elementary School
  • Dooley Elementary School
  • Durango High School
  • Marion Earl Elementary School
  • Gehring Elementary School
  • Indian Springs High School
  • Johnson Middle School
  • Lawrence Middle School
  • Mojave High School
  • O'Callaghan Middle School
  • Sawyer Middle School
  • Snyder Elementary School
  • Sunrise Mtn. High School
  • Desert Oasis High School
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