• Students, teachers frustrated with broken A/C at Dr. Phillips High School


    DR. PHILLIPS, Fla. - One parent said part of his son's school in Dr. Phillips has no air conditioning and he believes the heat caused his child to have an asthma attack during class.

    The problem comes on the heels of the hustle and bustle of the first week of school during the hottest weather central Florida has seen in three years.

    “It’s really hard to concentrate because your body is so focused on the heat,” said student Timothy Hamour. “A teacher wasn’t feeling good and she just blacked out.”

    District officials told Channel 9 the air has been out in part of their new building at Dr. Phillips High School and a good portion of portables in the back of the property.

    The district's maintenance teams have been working around the clock to fix what officials said is mostly issues with Freon.

    The air conditioning has been out for several days, and as portables lost air, students were moved into other classrooms, but there is a shortage of space.

    School district officials said the $181,000 air systems in the new buildings are under warranty, but new ait conditioning units in the portables will come out of pocket.

    Channel 9 found not all students have been able to be moved into air-conditioned classrooms, and one parent said he believes the heat is to blame for his son's asthma attack.

    After several complaints, the principal sent out a message to parents Thursday night via phone to explain the situation.

    "OCPS maintenance has been working to resolve these issues as quickly as possible," said Principal Suzanne Knight. "They were on campus today and got several portables up and running again. They will be on campus again tomorrow to continue the repairs. In addition, construction is working to resolve AC issues that are taking place in the new buildings."

    Crews will work through the weekend, but it’s not certain the classrooms will be cold again by Monday.

    Channel 9 spoke to crews from the  Sunbelt Rentals company, who showed up to offer help to the school, and was told the temperature can rise as much as 20 degrees.

    “Temperatures can climb extremely fast in this type of weather especially with the body heat,” said Tim Rosenburg with Sunbelt Climate Control Rentals.

    School officials said crews working to fix the air have forgone ordering parts because they can't wait weeks for them to arrive, and have instead gone out to local vendors and bought the parts needed for the repairs.

    WFTV found out there are also 12 classrooms with broken air conditioning units at Hunters Creek Elementary.

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