GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- A boiler at Sumner Elementary in Greensboro isn't working. So as a result, Gerald Greeson, maintenance director with Guilford County Schools, says about 15 classrooms don't have heat.
That boiler, which helps provide heat to a section of the campus, has a crack that cannot be fixed. As a result, the school system is dipping into its emergency fund to buy a new boiler that will cost around $30,000, says Greeson.
The boiler that broke is more than 30 years old and was installed in the 1980s. Its life expectancy is between 20-25 years, but a tight school system budget has prevented purchasing a new one, said Greeson. He also says several other schools have older boilers that could use upgrades.
The new boiler is expected to be delivered on Friday and installed over the weekend. Early next week, they plan to have heat in those impacted classrooms.
In the meantime, space heaters have been placed in classrooms.
Three other schools also had issues with their boiler heating systems, Greeson says. Hairston Middle, Western Guilford High and Allen Middle schools had minor issues that impacted only a few classrooms. Those issues are fixed or almost fixed, Greeson said.