PENNSVILLE – The Penn Beach Elementary school has been without a working HVAC system since November, 2013. The rooms are being heated with space heaters, according to parent Kim Dunkelberger. “My son was telling me for weeks that he was cold in his classroom. At first I didn’t believe him, he would layer up his clothing and said they had one portable space heater in his classroom.” Dunkelberger went on to say, ” I talked to the principal (Mark Zoppina) who assured me that the rooms weren’t cold. I don’t see how one space heater can warm up an entire classroom.”
A letter was sent home (dated January 7) that explained the situation and advised that the children wear layered clothing if they feel the rooms are too cold. “If at any point the portable heater solution is not maintaining a level of comfort or the repair company comes during school hours and their work will impact instruction or jeopardize the safety of others, we will relocate your child’s class to another room in our building.”‘
“Please know your child’s safety and well-being are always of utmost concern. We will continue to be proactive in remedying this situation.”
Dr. Mike Brodzik, Superintendent of the Pennsville Public School District stated that the HVAC sytems are in the process of being repaired. “We had a vendor come out and the problem wasn’t fixed. We are expecting another vendor to be at the school by next week.” Dr. Brodzik also went on to say, “We monitor the individual room thermostats, and they are maintained at 70 degrees. We have to follow regulations when repairs are needed, we can’t just call anyone.”
As more details arise about this situation, we will keep you updated. There is a vendor coming in this upcoming week to hopefully repair the HVAC system. More details to follow.