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Kanawha County Teachers Revive Heating, AC Grievance


A group of teachers is moving forward with a grievance filed in August against the Kanawha County school system over cooling and heating issues that the teachers say are still ongoing.

Ben Franklin Career Center teacher Julie Wiles tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail that teachers had thought in September that the issues had been fixed, but they didn’t cancel the grievance because they wanted to make sure the problems didn’t continue.

On Tuesday, a group of teachers told school system maintenance officials and system General Counsel Jim Withrow that they are still having problems. Some teachers say they haven’t had air conditioning for months.

Kanawha schools Superintendent Ron Duerring has said the county has old air-conditioning systems and not enough money to replace them or make major upgrades.