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School district blames air conditioning trouble on budget woes

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The Clark County School District's air conditioning woes continue. On Thursday, more students were forced from their classrooms.

That led to students crowding into rooms with functioning air conditioning. As soon as one school's air conditioning is fixed, another's fails.

Cashman Middle Schools is one of 20 schools which were without air conditioning on Thursday. The school is not only hot, it's uncomfortably humid.

School administrators have shuffled four classrooms around and even moved some students to the library.

The school district says the problem won't be abated until it receives sufficient funding.

"It's frustrating. Every morning we have to get a plan of attack. We have to see what's up, what's not working, what is working," said Cashman Principal Misti Taton.

Taton said she's been dealing with broken air conditioning since August, and that the units date to the 1980s.

Last fall, Nevada voters rejected a ballot question that would have funded capital improvement projects by way of a property tax increase.

"It does take away some of the learning and some of the classroom ancillary materials, the use of the smart board and things like that," Taton said.

It has also led to nonstop repairs and distractions for students, while they're trying to transition back into the rigors of the school day.

"We have a facility crisis right now. We have many major failing systems," Clark County School District spokesperson Kirsten Searer said.

Searer blames $550 million in budget cuts over the past few years for the problem, saying the district had to cut back on maintenance.

"What we end up doing is a lot of Band-Aid situations. It's almost like having a used car, a lemon. We try to keep it going as long as we can. We know one day it's not going to start up again," Searer said.

The school board has yet to decide if it will pursue another bond measure.

The school district said that currently, just six technicians from its maintenance department are working on approximately 7,000 air conditioning units in more than 300 schools.

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