Think About It: Cool Update - KFVE, K5-Hawaii News, Weather and Sports

July 10, 2017

Think About It: Cool Update

An update last month suggested that the state plans to have over 1,500 classrooms retrofitted with cooler air by the time school starts in less than a month. Though later than originally expected, this would be a welcome relief for long-suffering students and teachers, especially in the desert-like Ewa campuses on Oahu.

Some of the on-going projects include electrical circuit upgrading while others require new systems being installed. Whatever the case, it is good to hear and see that after far too long, this overdue project is now front and center, and should remain there until many more problem schools are dealt with in the months and years ahead. About 38% of public classrooms had air conditioning as of a month ago, and that percentage should go up over 45% by the end of the summer.

Whether it's fans, air conditioning, new sun-reflecting roofing, solar, or tinted windows, the state has now done its homework in not only trying to reduce the heat, but also trying to find methods that don't ramp up the energy costs. If the work progresses beyond this summer's upcoming victories to include other needy schools statewide over the coming year or so, this should be viewed as a well-conceived and valuable government project that, while sadly overdue for 40-years, deserves positive recognition for making a difference in the daily lives of thousands of schoolkids and teachers. Think about it…

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