Nearly 30 schools dealing with heating and air issues in Charlotte area

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) — Officials at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools say nearly 30 schools are dealing with heating and air problems just five days into the new school year.

Officials say HVAC work orders vary in scope — with different HVAC work orders for individual rooms, mobile classrooms, or other very limited issues.

Some are larger in scale with halls or parts of buildings experiencing problems. Officials say widespread more serious problems are being prioritized.

There is no word on the seriousness of the problems plaguing specific schools in the district.

CMS has provided the following list of schools currently experiencing heating and air issues:

  • Albemarle Road Elementary
  • Bailey Middle
  • Bruns Avenue Elementry
  • Community House Central
  • Couldwood STEM Academy
  • Crown Point Elementary
  • Dorthy J. Vaughn Academy of Technology
  • East Mecklenburg High
  • Eastway Middle
  • Francis Bradley Middle
  • Garinger High
  • Hopewell High
  • Huntersville Elementary
  • JH Gunn Elementary
  • Long Creek Elementary
  • Martin Luther King Jr Middle
  • Matthews Elementary
  • McAlpine Elementary
  • Myers Park High
  • North Mecklenburg High
  • Oakdale Elementary
  • Pineville Elementary
  • Polo Ridge Elementary
  • Providence high
  • Ranson Middle
  • Ridge Road Middle
  • River Gate Elementary
  • Sharon Elementary
  • West Mecklenburg High

WBTV continues to investigate why the HVAC issues were not resolved before school, especially after CMS received millions from the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Allocation fund.

According to a CMS Budget Proposal for the 21-22′ School Year, CMS expected to receive more than $141 million in federal dollars from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Fund (CRSSA) to help schools prepare for a return to personal learning.

A May CMS PowerPoint slide stated that $43 million of the entire allocation would go to health and safety, including HVAC optimization. But when we asked if that money had been used and how, we got no response from CMS.

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