JPS students face air conditioning problems

JACKSON, MS – One summer, triple digit temperatures, and now problems with several AC units at a JPS school.

Some kids at Woodville Heights Elementary had air conditioning, but others were forced to sit in the heat, something one parent says, never should’ve happened.

Valarie Luckett is a mother of two students at Woodville Heights Elementary School. She says school officials need to fix the air conditioning as soon as possible.

“They had all summer long to fix it and to me there shouldn’t be no reason why they shouldn’t have air for the kids right now,” said Luckett.

She says she checked with the school this afternoon and was told this:

“They said certain classrooms had air and certain classes that didn’t, so their classrooms had air so i let them stay for the rest of the day,” said Luckett.

Fourth grader Gabriella says it was difficult to pay attention in class today because it was so hot.

She said, “It be hot in there. We were sweating and hot and stuff.”

But Jackson Public School Superintendent Dr. Cedrick Gray says he is working to keep students safe from the heat.

“We have made preparations in all of our schools so we will either have air conditioning or we will make sure our scholars are taken care of,” he said.

Crews were working on the school’s roof today. JPS officials say they had extra water bottles at schools and a plan in place in case the heat was too much to bear.

We will continue to monitor this situation and bring you updates about the air conditioning problems. The Superintendent’s hotline (601-960-2781) will be answering calls on August 10 and 11 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Superintendent’s Hotline

The Superintendent’s Hotline, (601) 960-2781, will be answering parents and students’ calls on August 10 & 11 from 7 a.m.–5 p.m. >>


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