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CPS will put air conditioners in 57 schools by this fall

Updated: April 30, 2014 8:23PM



Chicago Public Schools on Wednesday announced 57 schools will be getting air conditioning this summer as part of a $100 million plan to cool schools within the next five years.

The schools are spread throughout the city and CPS says schools with the “highest need” are going first. That means schools with no air or partial air will likely get air conditioning installed this summer in time for the start of the 2014-2015 school year.

Among the 57 schools on this summer’s list is Ravenswood Elementary School, one of the oldest school buildings in Chicago, where parents raised money to put window units in just two preschool classrooms.

The first phase of the districtwide plan will cost about $20 million, with another $20 million in additional costs each subsequent year of the plan.

Installation will begin this summer and CPS will work around student summer schedules to not disrupt classroom time.

“Air conditioning is one of the classroom resources CPS is investing in their capital budget to provide positive, comfortable learning environments for every student to be 100 percent college-ready and 100 percent college-bound,” Mayor Emanuel said in a statement. “This investment will also mean that the 42,000 CPS students who attend summer programs will have a safe, cool place to be during those months when they are either in summer school or a summer program.”

In all, 206 CPS schools will get air within five years.

Of CPS’ 530 school buildings, 324 are fully air conditioned, 44 have no air conditioning and 162 are partially air conditioned, according to the mayor’s office.

CPS says the money will come from its capital plan, which will be announced on Friday. The capital plan includes funding for repairs, upgrades and school improvements.

At Spencer Technology Academy on the West Side, the school’s principal Shawn Jackson said air conditioning will give the school flexibility when it comes to summer programming.

“We’re a summer school site but we try to do some extended programming using our labs, and the heat proves to be quite difficult. Now, with air conditioning, we’re going to have some fun,” Jackson said.

But Jackson said he’s not going to get students’ hopes up just yet: “I’m not saying a word until I see that first air conditioning unit. We do our best with whatever we have. We’re not complainers. But I’m still waiting for that first air conditioner to be put in to tell my students.”

Although questioning where CPS will get its funding, Mary Lubben, a member of Ravenswood’s local school council said the much needed units will make a big change at the school: “The upper floors in those warm months are very uncomfortable for the kids,” Lubben said. “We’ve been pushing for air for a while. Any time you get something on your need list, that’s a good thing.”

Here are the schools getting air conditioning this summer:

◆ John Barry Elementary School, 2828 N. Kilbourn Ave.

◆ Newton Bateman Elementary School, 4220 N. Richmond St.

◆ Hiram H. Belding Elementary School, 4257 N. Tripp Ave.

◆ Daniel Boone Elementary School, 6710 N. Washtenaw Ave.

◆ Norman A. Bridge Elementary School, 3800 N. New England Ave.

◆ Lyman A. Budlong Elementary School, 2701 W. Foster Ave.

◆ Burnside Elementary Scholastic Academy, 650 E. 91st Pl.

◆ Jonathan Burr Elementary School, 1621 W. Wabansia Ave.

◆ Marvin Camras Elementary School, 3000 N. Mango Ave.

◆ Rachel Carson Elementary School, 5516 S. Maplewood Ave.

◆ Henry R. Clissold Elementary School, 2350 W. 110th Pl.

◆ Christopher Columbus Elementary School, 1003 N. Leavitt St.

◆ Stephen Decatur Classical Elementary School, 7030 N. Sacramento Ave.

◆ James R. Doolittle Elementary School, 535 E. 35th St.

◆ Fairfield Elementary Academy, 6201 S. Fairfield Ave.

◆ Christian Fenger Academy High School, 11220 S. Wallace St.

◆ Fernwood Elementary School, 10041 S. Union Ave.

◆ Melville W. Fuller Elementary School, 4214 S. Saint Lawrence Ave.

◆ Frank L. Gillespie Elementary School, 9301 S. State St.

◆ Johann W. von Goethe Elementary School, 2236 N. Rockwell St.

◆ William C. Goudy Elementary School, 5120 N. Winthrop Ave.

◆ Frank W. Gunsaulus Elementary Scholastic Academy, 4420 S. Sacramento Ave.

◆ William Rainey Harper High School, 6520 S. Wood St.

◆ Helge A. Haugan Elementary School, 4540 N. Hamlin Ave.

◆ John Hay Elementary Community Academy, 1018 N. Laramie Ave.

◆ Stephen K. Hayt Elementary School, 1518 W. Granville Ave.

◆ Thomas A. Hendricks Community Academy, 4316 S. Princeton Ave.

◆ Patrick Henry Elementary School, 4250 N. Saint Louis Ave.

◆ Theodore Herzl Elementary School, 3711 W. Douglas Blvd.

◆ Charles N. Holden Elementary School, 1104 W. 31st St.

◆ Gurdon S. Hubbard High School, 6200 S. Hamlin Ave.

◆ Inter-American Elementary Magnet School, 851 W. Waveland Ave.

◆ Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Elementary School, 3149 N. Wolcott Ave.

◆ Kate S. Kellogg Elementary School, 9241 S. Leavitt St.

◆ Charles Kozminski Elementary Community Academy, 936 E. 54th St.

◆ Arthur A. Libby Elementary School, 5300 S. Loomis Blvd.

◆ George B. McClellan Elementary School, 3527 S. Wallace St.

◆ Louis Nettelhorst Elementary School, 3252 N. Broadway St.

◆ North River Elementary School, 4416 N. Troy St.

◆ William J. Onahan Elementary School, 6634 W. Raven St.

◆ William Bishop Owen Scholastic Academy ES (K-8), 8247 S. Christiana Ave.

◆ Park Manor Elementary School, 7037 S. Rhodes Ave.

◆Ambrose Plamondon Elementary School, 2642 W. 15th Pl.

◆ George M. Pullman Elementary School, 11311 S. Forrestville Ave.

◆ Ravenswood Elementary School, 4332 N. Paulina St.

◆ Washington D. Smyser Elementary School, 4310 N. Melvina Ave.

◆ Spencer Technology Academy (Pre-K-8), 214 N. Lavergne Ave.

◆ Betty Shabazz – Sizemore campus, 6936 S. Hermitage Ave.

◆ Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School, 3444 N. Wabansia Ave.

◆ Talman Elementary School, 5450 S. Talman Ave.

◆ James N. Thorp Elementary School, 8914 S. Buffalo Ave.

◆ Velma F. Thomas Early Childhood Center, 3625 S. Hoyne Ave.

◆ Charles H. Wacker Elementary School, 9746 S. Morgan St.

◆ James Ward Elementary School, 2701 S. Shields Ave.

◆ Harold Washington Elementary School, 9130 S. University Ave.

◆ Thomas J. Waters Elementary School, 4540 N. Campbell Ave.

◆ Ella Flagg Young Elementary School, 1434 N. Parkside Ave.

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