MAUI, Hawaii (AP) - More than 400 portable air-conditioning units have been installed in Hawaii public schools this year as a response to public complaints about sweltering classrooms this summer.
The Maui News reports that Department of Education officials say the units were installed in the "hottest classrooms" across the state for a total cost of $147,000. The department estimates installing air conditioning at all DOE schools would cost $1.7 billion.
Superintendent for the Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui complex, Alvin Shima, says the new units aren't cooling classrooms as well as anticipated. But he says the complaints have stopped since the units were installed.
The state faced criticism this summer from concerned parents, as many schools were without air conditioning during days when temperatures reached record highs. Many classrooms had surpassed 90 degrees.