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Kanawha board hears heat, upkeep complaints

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kanawha County’s school board heard an unusual number of public complaints Wednesday, including those about mold, the early August school start date and continued air conditioning failures.

“If animals were left in a car in these temperatures, I guarantee someone would be calling the police,” said Dinah Adkins, co-president of the county’s chapter of the West Virginia Education Association teachers union. “Our children and our employees deserve better.”

School board member Ryan White said near the end of Wednesday’s meeting that the school system should look into doing another audit of its maintenance needs.

“I want an audit that says what we are doing and what needs to be done and the cost of doing it,” White said. “I also want it to focus on how much money we are spending on things that may break down due to us not properly maintaining and/or replacing…

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