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To the editor:
Although research tells us that students learn
better in a comfortable, positive environment, common sense and
experience provide us with immediate proof in District 27.
Before this year, we opened the school year without air
conditioning in some of our larger elementary school buildings. Even
though we tried to maximize the use of fans, teachers and students
worked through the days, uncomfortable and fatigued, and we usually
began the year with a schedule that included shortened days.
Needless to say, these were not optimum conditions for teaching and
This year, because of access to revenue from our 1-cent facility
sales tax, we were able to add new heating and air-conditioning
geothermal systems to Washington-Monroe and Northwest schools. Not
only did this allow us to replace boilers that were over 50 years
old, but it also offered the opportunity to add air conditioning to
these buildings. The teachers and students are thrilled, and the
environment is much improved.
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We will continue to use these dollars to upgrade our schools and
to provide excellent conditions in which our children can learn.
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the citizens of
Logan County for their support of the facility tax. Without your
support, our children would not have the advantage of
air-conditioned schools during record-setting temperatures.
Dr. Robert Kidd
Dr. Mary Ahillen
September 04, 2013]
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