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Hawaii lawmakers hash out school cooling plan

March 11, 2014 - 12:05am

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