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Pryor school, Lincoln Elementary, without air conditioner for three days

Posted at 9:19 PM, Aug 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-13 00:45:15-04

Students at a Pryor elementary school are already sweating it out but it’s not because a test is coming up, instead it’s a faulty air unit.

One of the air conditioning units at Lincoln Elementary in Pryor are reportedly faulty, leaving students and staff with only fans to cool off.

"It feels like you're going to explode,” said Chelsea Cooper, student. 

Parents say they are not too happy knowing they're dropping their kids off at school, where they'll be sitting in the heat all day. 

"I think they should have at least notified parents so we could make adjustments to outfits or send water with them,” said Kelli Cowan, parent.

Pryor Public Schools say the elementary school will have to tough it out through the triple-digit heat of an Oklahoma summer until the unit can be fixed.

"Our teacher put a tiny fan in the room. Every teacher has one but it doesn't really help, it makes it worse,” said Cooper.

Don Raleigh, Pryor Public Schools superintendent said, "The entire condenser for the chiller went out and that's not a piece of equipment that you just go and buy."

Raleigh told 2 Works for You that the cost is estimated at around $25,000.

In the meantime, the school is taking the steps to keep kids from the heat as best they can.

"They've moved them all over the building, we've had classes double up,” said Raleigh. 

Officials told 2 Works for You that they are working as fast as possible to get the system fixed. They’re expecting to have the air back on by Monday or Tuesday of next week.

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