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$25M requested to keep Hawaii classrooms cool

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:16 a.m. HST, Jan 15, 2014

<br />2013 SEPTEMBER 26 CTY Micah Gamalog, left, and Sarah Capinpin during rally.  Campbell High School teachers and students are joining others from across the island at a rally at the Capitol to advocate for air conditioning for Hawaii schools. SA photo by Craig T. Kojima<br />

The Hawaii Department of Education is asking lawmakers for $25 million to help keep classrooms cool.

The department presented its supplemental budget request before the state House Committee on Finance and the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

The request totals nearly $32 million in operating funds and $164 in capital improvement project funds.

Many have complained about stifling classroom temperatures that routinely reach the 90s.

The department also wants $10 million in upgrades for science classrooms at 12 high schools.

According to the department's supplemental budget presentation, administrative requests include $70,000 for an early learning coordinator and $256,000 for a teacher mentor program.

Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi touts positive attention Hawaii schools received recently, including praise from federal officials for gains on the National Assessment of Education Progress.

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monarch1 wrote:
How can we possibly fund this luxury when our poor UH athletic department is suffering so much !!
on January 14,2014 | 03:16PM
Wage Earner wrote:
Ask Rep. Takai.
on January 14,2014 | 03:31PM
primo1 wrote:
Apparently he thinks we have 10M burning a hole in our pockets.
on January 14,2014 | 03:46PM
GeoDiva wrote:
AC in the classrooms is one expense that I as a taxpayer don't mind paying for.
on January 14,2014 | 03:47PM
what wrote:
You and all the rest of the taxpayers already paid plenty enough taxes for air conditioning. We are being bent over the table.
on January 15,2014 | 01:14AM
fairgame947 wrote:
How can we expect students to learn anything if in the classroom it's 95 degrees? I realize it isn't every day but enough days to make it difficult for learning and concentrating.
on January 14,2014 | 05:01PM
Wage Earner wrote:
Electricity costs will go up so now funds will have to be used to run the ACs rather than stuff for the classroom. Tough choices...
on January 14,2014 | 06:01PM
busterb wrote:
Watch which schools get it first. You really think the hottest campuses will cool off in front of McKinley, Roosevelt, and other townie schools?
on January 14,2014 | 07:13PM
localguy wrote:
Our dysfunctional bureaucrats think you can just throw $25 million at the schools to solve the need for aircon in the classroom. Understand we have some of the most energy inefficient classrooms in the world. Before you can install aircon you would have to replace all the jalousie windows with either double pane or take them out and wall them over. Insulation in the walls and ceiling plus tight fitting doors/windows. Then an upgrade to the entire electrical system to handle the load. Now you can think of installing aircon. Oh, but wait. How to pay for the energy used to cool the classrooms? Installing PV panels on the schools would provide power for when the aircon is most used, during the day. Understand to do all this for all schools needing aircon is way, way, way more than $25 million. Show taxpayers where the money is coming from as they can't afford it.
on January 14,2014 | 09:04PM
what wrote:
Exactly. If we had competent bureaucrats running the DOE, there would already be plans and funding (incorporated into the existing budget) to tear down 50 year old schools and replace them with modern air conditioned schools.
on January 15,2014 | 01:16AM
lava wrote:
Better to change the school year. Extend the year by two weeks this into June and delay the start by two weeks into August. (No net cost to the DOE.) Then extend the year by two more weeks in June 2015 and delay the start another two weeks into August. (No net cost to the DOE.) The high temp. month of August just got cut out of the school year. The mainland school year follows those start-stop dates for the most part. So the next time some of our kids go to the mainland for any summer issue (from a summer college experience to baseball) they will not miss schooling.
on January 15,2014 | 04:35AM
steve76 wrote:
I like "localguy" comments ,,,, he's right about retrofitting the classrooms and electrical power upgrd but he's wrong about PV panels .... the power doesn't go back to the school ... it goes to HE .... the school would only get credit on it .... another note ...not all the classrooms are hot at Campbell ,,, only the ones not getting our prevailing winds ,,, also a important fact ....AC doesn't improve grades ... look at the SAT's score for other schools that have AC in them .... it just make a comfortable environment .... there are many ways to cool the classroom ,, but ACing isn't one of them in my books
on January 15,2014 | 05:01AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
This is a complete waste of taxpayer dollars. The president of the united states attended some classes in non air conditioned class rooms and look how well he has done.
on January 15,2014 | 06:56AM
rkuuleiq wrote:
I say not give schools the $25mil AND remove the A/C from all State offices ... then find a more important social issue to funnel all this A/C money to, like homelessness ... I'm quite sure none of these students' heat problems will result in adult homelessness ... but if that is a concern, then they need to be educated on proper hydration and how to avoid heat stress ... that's called personal safety responsibility, and students can learn that some careers require physical fitness and are not in A/C, thus requiring a knowledge and awareness of how your body works and also good mental fitness to not whine about it ... a first-world problem that doesn't need $25mil to solve ...
on January 15,2014 | 12:17PM
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