In a letter to parents of the Decorah Community School District (DCSD) last week, DCSD Superintendent Tim Cronin reported window air conditioners were installed in classrooms at John Cline Elementary School and West Side Early Childhood Center.
“This decision was made in the interest of the safety and comfort of our students and staff given the recent spell of extremely hot weather,” the letter stated.
In past years, district officials considered updating the entire electrical system and installing a sprinkler system building wide. In 2013, the board was presented with a cost figure of more than $2.5 million to make the improvements, which was determined to be cost-prohibitive.
“The current effort will cost approximately $10,000,” Cronin stated. “Decorah Bank and Trust has graciously donated $5,000 to this project to help defer the cost.”
Cronin said the window units are a “temporary fix,” and until the district operates the units, they will not know how effective they will be.
“We do, however, know that the rooms will be at least somewhat cooler,” Cronin said.