Try digitalPLUS for 10 days only $0.99

Readers Respond

News Opinion Readers Respond

Patterson High: Freezing in winter, broiling in summer [Letter]

I was at Patterson High School for 17 years, and during that time we had numerous days when the rooms were below 30 degrees in winter and more than 90 degrees in summer ("Plea for help from Patterson High," Jan. 13).

Complaints would be lodged with the school department's central office; then a facilities person would come out, check the temperatures, and report that "nothing was out of normal ranges."

Kids and teachers got sick, asthma was triggered, and still nothing. The problem is that the school does not have a large enough power supply coming in to it to make major renovations in the HVAC system.

The solution will probably be to tear down the school and build a new one. In the meantime, students and staff suffer. I am amazed they do as well as they do in that building.

Incidentally, Patterson still has its original elevator, which consistently breaks down. They were supposed to install a new one more than five years ago. Has it happened? No, but other schools have gotten major renovations since then. Just saying.

Joan Gardiner

-
To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com. Please include your name and contact information.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • There is an urgent need for tutoring in Baltimore City

    There is an urgent need for tutoring in Baltimore City

    Kalman Hettleman has accurately identified a critical need to improve struggling schools in Baltimore City and beyond: tutoring for young children who fall behind ("Strange bedfellows on school reform," Jan. 8).

  • Charter school law isn't broken

    Charter school law isn't broken

    If charter schools are being so "hampered" by Maryland's charter school law, why are schools in our state consistently ranked among the best in the nation ("New effort underway to change Maryland charter schools law," Jan. 20)?

  • Md. law ties the hands of charter school operators

    Md. law ties the hands of charter school operators

    The teachers union and the association of local school boards misunderstand the current effort to improve Maryland's charter school law ("New effort underway to change Maryland charter schools law," Jan. 20).

  • Keeping students safe on snow days

    Keeping students safe on snow days

    As a student at Baltimore City College, I was directly affected by Baltimore City schools CEO Gregory Thornton's decision to open schools on time during the recent snowfall. That decision, which probably was based on his experience in other cities that are more capable at handling snowstorms than...

  • Thornton's decision put students at risk

    Thornton's decision put students at risk

    We all remember storms of years past that failed to produce much precipitation, which then melted quickly. Tuesday's storm was an overachiever, and temperatures that stayed in the low 20 degree range only added to the problems ("City and Arundel schools face criticism for closing," Jan. 6). Salt...

  • Investing in school breakfasts

    Investing in school breakfasts

    A nutritious breakfast is essential for children's learning. There are two benefits from giving children a good breakfast — filling their bellies and energizing their brains.

Comments
Loading

61°