Air conditioning is hot topic

Spend funds to cool schools, Baltimore County parents urge

July 06, 2008|By Gina Davis | Gina Davis,Sun reporter

The classrooms at Hebbville Elementary School on Baltimore County's west side got so hot this year that 8-year-old Cameron Harris' mother sometimes took him out of school early on especially muggy afternoons.

"When I hear him complaining about not being able to breathe and feeling like he wants to explode, it scares me," said Sheila Harris, whose son just completed second grade at the Woodlawn-area school.

AIR-CONDITIONED SCHOOLS

Public schools with air conditioning in the region:

Anne Arundel County (117 of 117) 100%

Baltimore City (82 of 190*) 43%

Baltimore County (72 of 166) 43%

Carroll County (41 of 41) 100%

Harford County (49 of 54) 91%

Howard County (72 of 72) 100%

* This is an approximate number of school buildings in Baltimore City, where in some cases more than one school is housed in a single building.

Source: Area school system Web sites and staff

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