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Too hot for eastern Iowa schools

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by Danielle Wagner

WEST UNION (KWWL) Yes, it's hot outside. But it's not just hot outside. Fans were on full blast in classrooms and hallways at North Fayette Schools in West Union.

Superintendent John Rothlisberger said during an administrators meeting Monday morning, the principals were concerned about the heat.

"For me it's a matter of relying on them and what are the conditions. From their perspective they needed the kids not to stay past 1:00," said Rothlisberger.

Rothlisberger said the concern from principals and the heat indexes made him conclude it was best to dismiss early.

"I think it was a good decision to make, but it's not one that's easy to make. This time of year we never think about it," he said.

Before the 1:00 dismissal, doors and windows were opened and fans cranked in an effort to get some of the air moving.

"Anything and everything that's possible within the classrooms," said Rothlisberger.

While some areas in the buildings have air conditioning, none of the buildings have actual cooling systems. Rothlisberger said you expect to get out early in August for heat but not May.

A main concern is keeping the kids focused, which is already difficult with the school year winding down.

"You come to the end of the year when it's hard to keep everybody focused, and then you add this heat on top of it which is an oddity. This is not normal," said Rothlisberger.

The superintendent hopes this is the only day heat will be a problem before the end of the school year. The year ends June 2.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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