‘There is no excuse’: 29 CMS schools dealing with air conditioning problems

CHARLOTTE — Channel 9 has learned that many buildings in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools district are having air conditioning problems.

Alexandria Boyd said that her 16-year-old daughter, Deandria, has contracted COVID-19 less than one week after starting classes at North Mecklenburg High School. Boyd said that broken air conditioning in the school is partially to blame.

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She said that it is too hot inside, and students are not wearing masks.

“We have been in this pandemic this whole year,” Boyd said.

She believes that because of the lack of air conditioning, the threat of COVID-19 has increased.

Channel 9 learned that 29 CMS elementary, middle and high schools are dealing with HV/AC problems.

The issue at Myers Park High School was so bad that parents raised money to buy fans to place throughout the school.

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“It’s a problem, at this point, when you have multiple schools that don’t have sufficient A/C to help control the germs that these kids are breathing,” Boyd said.

CMS Board of Education Chair Elyse Dashew said that the district has a shortage of HV/AC staff, and they’re now offering $1,000 bonuses to help recruit employees and get the A/C working again.

Boyd said the school district should prioritize fixing the air conditioning.

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“Let’s get an outside contractor in at this point,” Boyd said. “Let’s contract out. Give someone else a small business an opportunity to come and help the school. To me, there is no excuse.”

CMS said it is contracting vendors to assist with fixing the problem.

Below is the list of schools affected:

  1. Albemarle Road Elementary
  2. Bailey Middle
  3. Bruns Avenue Elementry
  4. Community House Middle
  5. Couldwood STEM Academy
  6. Crown Point Elementary
  7. Dorthy J. Vaughn Academy of Technology
  8. East Mecklenburg High
  9. Eastway Middle
  10. Francis Bradley Middle
  11. Garinger High
  12. Hopewell High
  13. Huntersville Elementary
  14. J.H. Gunn Elementary
  15. Long Creek Elementary
  16. Martin Luther King, Jr Middle
  17. Matthews Elementary
  18. McAlpine Elementary
  19. Myers Park High
  20. North Mecklenburg High
  21. Oakdale Elementary
  22. Pineville Elementary
  23. Polo Ridge Elementary
  24. Providence High
  25. Ranson Middle
  26. Ridge Road Middle
  27. River Gate Elementary
  28. Sharon Elementary
  29. West Mecklenburg High

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