BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Sweltering heat ended the school day early again for hundreds of students in Baltimore City on Thursday.
It never even began for some in Baltimore County–as un-air conditioned classrooms rose above 90 degrees before noon.
“Everyone needs to work together, leave the political stances behind, and really fix the problem,” said John Klein.
A group of parents say they are fed up with conditions at Dulaney High.
“To be here in 2016 in one of the best schools in Baltimore County and not have air conditioning is pathetic,” said Denise Comarom.
“In a county like Baltimore County with the resources we have, it’s just unconscionable,” said Kara Bolonda. “I think the reason we’re in this predicament is because nobody has taken a long term view for a really long time.”
The county executive told WJZ last week he inherited the issue–and is quickly whittling down the number of schools without air conditioning.
He’s faced criticism from some parents who want portable units–which he considers a waste of money.
It turned into a feud with the governor.
“The kids cannot focus in class during these heat spells. It’s too hot,” said Comaromi.
Many parents are upset at the snowball effect.
“The next group of kids to come through here shouldn’t have to fight these same battles,” said Bolonda. “Our kids should not be pawns in whatever else is going on.”
WJZ surveyed our area and found all school buildings in Harford, Carroll, Anne Arundel, and Howard Counties have air conditioning.
Baltimore City has 68 school buildings without air conditioning, Baltimore County has 36.
“We moved to Baltimore County to this wonderful area because of the school system, and we deserve better. Our children deserve better,” Comaromi said.
And their kids will inevitably face more hot days–where they’re missing out in the classroom.
Baltimore County School have closed again due to heat on Friday. City schools will be closing three hours early.