No A/C in Half of FWCS District's Schools (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw

August 30, 2013 Updated Aug 30, 2013 at 6:38 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.nbc33.com) – Temperatures have peaked in the 90’s this week, making it almost unbearable. So take a minute to imagine you are a 10 or 12 year-old trying to sit and focus inside of a classroom without air conditioning.

That's the case for 26 buildings within the Fort Wayne Community Schools, which translates to roughly half the district. It's a concern FWCS officials are working to address in large part through their current $119-million dollar renovation project.

But this alone won't fix the problem for every school, so they are all trying to find ways to manage in the meantime.

"Some of the things we try to do are close blinds, open windows, turn off lights,” says Krista Stockman with FWCS. “Most schools allow students to have water bottles with them, take frequent trips to drinking fountains. If there is a breeze outside in a shady area they might take students outside. They might take them to the media center where it's typically air conditioned."

The school district is trying to find ways of making the best of their current situation, even if it takes a little creativity.

"We have fans in our buildings which help. Obviously it's not the same as air conditioning but we do all of these things and in combination they make a difference. We do know that it is harder to concentrate when it's that hot, but again, we do the best that we can with the situation we have."

One example of “out of the box thinking” at FWCS occurred today at Weiser Park Elementary. They found a fun way to keep their kids cool with some help from the Fort Wayne Fire Department. They invited a fire truck to their campus and let their students run through some water from their hoses.

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