Hawaii lawmakers hash out school cooling plan
HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers are hashing out ways to get air conditioning into the state’s public schools.
Sen. Suzanne Chun-Oakland said Monday that students and teachers in her school district have become sick and a pond of fish has died because of the heat.
She says health concerns should be considered as the Department of Education considers a cooling strategy.
She says in the past, buildings were designed to take advantage of trade winds, but the wind patterns have changed.
Members of a joint Senate-House committee say the state needs to collect good data.
Rep. Richard Lee Fale asked if a high school on Oahu’s North Shore could connect with a cluster of about a dozen giant windmills nearby to draw energy for cooling, but was told there would be hurdles.
By wire sources