Campbell High School students rally for air conditionUPDATED 6:29 PM HST Sep 26, 2013Video Transcript
The fight to get air conditioning in public schools is HEATING up. Students and teachers rallied at the State Capitol to bring attention to overheated classrooms. As KITV4's Jill Kuramoto reports ... The biggest obstacle to solving this problem is -- cool cash. A cool school. 13:54 WE WANT AC! It's what students from Campbell High School want... But don't have. The proof -- in the picture. 10:06 IT GETS MUGGY AND HOT AND THERE'S NO CIRCULATION. YOU HAVE TO SIT THERE AND YOU'RE WIPING SWEAT AND YOU CAN'T FOCUS. 10:11 14:00 WE WANT AC! But this plea for air conditioning at the state's largest high school is not new. The education department says it understands the need for cooler classrooms. The problem is the money. Lawmakers say it could cost 2- and-a-half million dollars just to upgrade the electrical system. Another 10-million to put AC units in every room. State Representative Bob McDermott says as a parent of a Campbell High school student... He's got a vested interest in helping to get the money. 8:48 WE'RE ALL WORKIING IN CONCERT ON THIS AND WE'RE GONNA GET SOME MONEY THIS YEAR, I'M SURE OF IT. 8:52 The teachers' union supports members who say it's not just one school in need -- 24 other schools across the state are urging lawmakers to make cooler classrooms a priority. 15:32 IMAGINE A 6 YEAR OLD BEING PUT INTO A CLASSROOM WHERE IT'S OVER 90 DEGREES. I MEAN IF YOU DID THAT IN A CAR WITH THE WINDOWS UP THEY'D ARREST YOU. 15:41 The message they're hoping to get across -- it's time to get creative on how to fund AC. 17:54 IT CAN'T BE THIS ONE SCHOOL AT A TIME EVERY 4 YEARS. WE NEED TO START ADDRESSING THE WHOLE STATE AND REALLY SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. 17:59 Whatever the outcome; for these students today's rally, -- at the very least is a lesson on civics and the democratic process. Reporting from the state capitol, JK KITV4 NEWS.