Air Conditioning Problems Throughout MCPS as Schools Open

Emily Nagy, Editor-in-Chief

Throughout the first few weeks of the 2018-19 school year, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) dealt with mechanical issues with many AC units in schools all across the county, including RHS.

The complications were assumed to be caused by the age of buildings, MCPS spokesman Derek Turner said. Some MCPS buildings are over 50 years old and experienced a variety of different classroom temperatures throughout the first week of classes.

In relation to the rest of the county, RHS experienced minimal problems with the malfunctioning units.

The exhaust fans [were] running at well under the necessary speed which made some rooms, especially in the math hallway, stuffy, business administrator David Stough said.

Other schools such as Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda were forced to move some classes into different rooms where the temperature was more bearable.

Only one school in MCPS had to evacuate due to the AC issue; Brookhaven Elementary School, in Rockville, was forced into early dismissal Sept. 5, Turner said to the Bethesda Beat.