Liberty County High School students feel chill from cold snap

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
January 17, 2018

BRISTOL, Fla. (WCTV) -- The recent cold weather is posing a challenge at Liberty County High School.

The old boiler system for the school's main building has not worked for several years, so there's no central heating, according to Assistant Superintendent Seth Geiger.

Staff are relying on space heaters to keep classrooms warm, Geiger says.

But some of those space heaters are broken, leaving two classrooms without any heat. Students from those rooms have been relocated while repairs are made Wednesday, Geiger says.

"The issues at Liberty County High School with the limited heat in the main building is being monitored to maintain suitable conditions for students and staff," Superintendent of Schools David Summers said in a statement.

Geiger says a maintenance worker took the temperature of every classroom Wednesday morning, and the coolest was 62 degrees.

Absences were excused Wednesday due to the conditions. The superintendent says absences will not be excused Thursday and all students and staff are encouraged to dress appropriately.

"We have taken steps to maintain adequate temperatures in all rooms. The average temperature when measured this morning was 68 degrees. The four other buildings on campus have reasonable heat," Summers said in the statement.

The assistant superintendent says lack of a central heating system in the main building was one of the driving forces behind construction of a new high school for Liberty County. Preliminary work on the new school is underway.

Liberty County High School has approximately 325 students.

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