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Two schools experiencing A/C difficulties

August 31, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Classrooms are heating up in a Cape Coral school this week, but not because school has just begun.

Ida Baker High School is having mechanical issues with its air conditioning unit, according to officials, making select classrooms uncomfortable for students and teachers alike.

Lee County School District spokesperson Rob Spicker said things should be back to normal following the holiday weekend.

"The air conditioner is not working at full capacity," he said in an email. "About 8-9 rooms are not fully cooling because of it. Parts are on order and repairs should hopefully be completed by Tuesday."

Ida Baker is doing its best to accommodate students and teachers who are using the affected areas.

"Chilled water is being provided to students and teachers in those rooms," said Spicker.

He added that additional revenue from the proposed half cent sales tax referendum would help combat issues like this in the future.

"This is an example of why the District is asking voters for a half cent sales tax," Spicker wrote. "The HVAC system at Ida Baker is scheduled for an upgrade with revenue raised by the referendum."

The Breeze reached out for comment on Oasis High School, where reports indicate the municipal charter school is facing a similar issue with its air conditioning.

Neither city of Cape Coral nor officials with the city's school system responded with comment as of late Friday afternoon.

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