As Southern California sizzled Friday under a late-summer heat wave, dozens of students at an Orange County elementary school were left to sweat it out in classrooms with no air conditioning.
A little less than half of the classrooms at Clinton-Mendenhall Elementary School in Garden Grove do not have air conditioning, according to a spokesperson for the Garden Grove Unified School District.
At least one student who had to deal with the heat complained about not being able to concentrate.
“I’m so hot, I’m sticky, I can’t even think,” Eunice Reynaud’s daughter told her.
What’s upsetting some parents even more is the fact that cool air is being pumped into the administration office.
“I think that if they can have it on for the office people, they can have it on for our kids,” Reynaud said.
Measure A, the bond that helped to pay for some renovations at the school, did not include adding air conditioning to the classrooms, according to the district spokesperson.
Clinton-Mendenhall Elementary School was not the only school in the district facing the issue, the spokesperson said.
At least one teacher at the school also felt the lack of air conditioning in nearly 12 classrooms was taking a toll on students.
“You can see it in the kids’ energy and the way that they’re engaged in their learning,” Teresa Jackson, a teacher at the school, said.