Partial Heating Makes For Cold School Day

February 20, 2006--Posted at 6:15 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR--Too cool for school? Monday, on one of the coldest days of the year a Jonesboro Jr. High School was partially without heat. This morning across Region 8 residents woke up to temperatures well below freezing. The hallways at Annie Camp Jr. High were not bitterly cold but the temperature was colder than what students were accustomed to.

"Probably 58, 59, 60 something like that," said Principal Jim Ellis.

According to Ellis that's the temperature students at Annie Camp Jr. High experienced when they got to school this morning. Ellis found out about the problem around 7 a.m. but says it just wasn't practical to cancel school that late in the morning.

"Once you set a school day in motion, it's not effective to me at all to call off school," said Ellis.

"I know in cold weather it is hard to keep thing running at all times and I am sure they would have let us know if they weren't running fine," said parent Sammye Pagan.

Most of the children wore their jackets today but the entire building was not without heat. Some of the rooms like the media center and gymnasium did have heat. Ellis approximates that 50 to 60 percent of the school did have heating.

"In looking through the building we have several rooms that are just fine and then you have several rooms and hallways including this office that have no heat what so ever at all," said Ellis.

Several parents did pick up their kids after receiving calls from their children stating the lack of heat.

"If a parent needs to pick up a student for whatever reason they have a right to do that and we will deal with justification or the proper excuse with documentation as needed," said Ellis.
While a winter warm up is expected in the upcoming days a school without heat in the winter is still a cold one. That's why Ellis and the Jonesboro School District moved quickly to fix the problem.

"They ordered the part. They got it going. We're having school and hopefully by the end of the day we'll have it going and we won't have a problem tomorrow," said Ellis.         

According to Jonesboro School District officials the heat is now up and fully functional at Annie Camp Jr. High.