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Community Group, PTA To Discuss A/C For Carney Elementary

Fifth District Councilman David Marks will join the groups for a discussion Wednesday night.

It might be January, but the Carney Improvement Association and the Carney Elementary School PTA already have their sights set on warmer months.

The school and community groups will host a joint meeting at Carney Elementary School Wednesday night to discuss with Fifth District Councilman David Marks the possiblity of installing air conditioning at the school.

"Currently, the newer wings of the school are air conditioned and the Library, but the classrooms for several grades and the cafeteria and gymnasium are not air conditioned," wrote Carney Improvement Association president Meg O'Hare in an email.

"It is our time to speak up for the students of Carney Elementary School and work with our Councilman David Marks toward finishing the air conditioning of the school."

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the school's cafeteria and the public is welcome to attend.

Do you have a child who attends Carney Elementary School? Do you agree that air conditioning the building should be a priority? Tell us in the comments.

Sherry McCammon January 16, 2013 at 05:32 PM
As a parent with two children at Carney ES and a member of the PTA, having air conditioning in our classrooms is a priority to our school. Our students, teachers and other staff deserve to have a conducive learning environment during the extremely hot school days. More than 1/2 of the Maryland public schools without air conditioning are located in Baltimore County and many of these schools are in northeast Baltimore County.
Tricia Roberts January 17, 2013 at 01:45 AM
I am also a parent of a Carney student (and one entering in the fall as well), and I am very concerned about the fact that the school does not have AC. My son is on the autism spectrum, PDD-NOS specifically. He has a lot of sensory issues, one of them being temperature sensitivity. He has a tough time focusing and feeling motivated to learn when it is so stifling hot in his classrooms. On warm days he comes home with a soaked head and bright red cheeks. I worry not only for his learning abilities in this unacceptable environment, but also for his health. Please help get the word out there so that Baltimore County can get the proper funding for our schools much needed air conditioning.
Judy Heiger January 17, 2013 at 03:18 AM
I am a parent of a Carney ES student as well as a future student. I strongly agree that Carney needs air conditioning as soon as possible! It is unacceptable that our students, teachers, and staff have to work, and are expected to learn, in the extremely hot temperatures that occur within the school in the warmer months. Having been in the school myself on some of these days, it is almost hard to believe that learning is taking place in such a hot environment. My daughter has very bad seasonal allergies that would be greatly helped by air conditioning. I also have a special concern for our CALS students, and other special needs students, that find this environment especially difficult. Our teachers are working in a very tough situation as well. We need the help of our community to have our voices heard to get AC at Carney!!!!
Angela Purdum January 17, 2013 at 03:27 PM
I am also a parent of a Carney ES student, and have a 3 year old who will be entering in a couple of years. My daughter often comes home with bright red cheeks due to a lack of air conditioning in the school. Our students and staff deserve a better environment!
Michelle Whitney January 18, 2013 at 12:27 AM
I am a parent of a Carney ES 2nd grade student and will be enrolling my other child this fall. It is very important to add AC at Carney because our teachers, other staff members and students need to be able to work and learn in a comfortable environment. My daughter is also in the Open Door Care program (before and after school). It is extremely hot in the cafeteria during the spring and fall. There are days where she comes home with a headache and soaking with sweat. We need to make it a better environment for our students and staff.
Rosemarie Reed Butts January 22, 2013 at 01:27 AM
My son is in the 1st grade at Carney elementary and on hot days comes home with wet hair, flushed cheeks and sometimes complains of a stomach ache. We considered sending him to Open Door for after care but when we took a tour on a hot afternoon decided not to subject him to even longer days in the heat. We made alternate arrangements with our work schedules instead. It is certainly not a conducive learning environment for the students or teachers at the overcrowded Carney elementary school to bake in the classrooms on hot days.

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