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Waiver approved to install air conditioning for Baltimore County schools

Posted at 9:49 AM, Sep 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-15 17:40:28-04

A dozen schools without air conditioning in Baltimore County Public Schools will be cooler by the start of next school year.

The Interagency Committee on School Construction Thursday morning approved a waiver to install air conditioning in 12 schools by a 5-0 vote. 

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Hot weather forced the closure of schools without air conditioning for four days this school year. Thirty-six schools currently have no air conditioning. 

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Last month, the Baltimore County Board of Education voted to amend the county's school heat-related closure policy.

If the heat index is forecast to reach 90 by 11 a.m., the non air-conditioned schools will close.

 

**Editor's Note: This story has been corrected to reflect that 36 Baltimore County schools do not have air conditioning. At the start of the 2016-2017 school year, 37 schools in the county were without air conditioning. Shortly after the start of the year, Halstead Academy had air conditioning installed.

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