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Hannibal schools doing all they can to keep building cool

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

Some of the hottest weather of the summer has arrived, just in time for the start of the school year.  More than a dozen schools, including Hannibal High School, dismissed early Monday because of no air conditioning in most classrooms. So what's being done to cool these hot buildings down for the next day?

The most logical solution would be to air condition all the rooms in the high school and junior high, but Hannibal school officials say that would be a multi-million dollar project that's not in the budget right now.  Until that time, the school district will use other resources to get the buildings ready for another day on Tuesday.

"It was miserable especially having classes on the 2nd and 3rd floor, in the middle of the classroom especially with no air conditioning and the window fans blowing in hot air," said Shelbie Kolb.  

Kolb is a junior at Hannibal High School, and she said she was so hot in class, it made it difficult to focus on her classwork.
"We had to read a bunch of pages from the book and the whole time you're sitting there fanning yourself thinking I need to get out of here, go somewhere with air conditioning, get a drink of water," Kolb said. 

Hannibal Business Administrator Rich Stilley understands these are not ideal conditions for students and staff.  But he hopes opening up windows and letting in some cooler air overnight will help bring down temperature inside the building.

"We have large exhaust fans pulling the cool air in.  And then we'll keep it open up until the students arrive and then we shut down the doors as much as we can and keeping the large fans going to keep as much air flowing as possible," Stilley said.  

Camilla Ferrel has two kids who go to the high school and while she would like to see air conditioning throughout the building, she's happy with the school district limiting the amount of time kids had to stay in hot classrooms.
"But I'm just personally and this may be coming from a stay at home mom perspective am glad they went ahead and let them out.  If there's not real learning taking place, if they're not in the classroom, then I would rather have them at home," she said. 

Stilley said there will be another half day Tuesday  for the High school and Junior high.  Then they will evaluate if there will be more half days throughout the rest of the week. 
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