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Kanawha teachers file grievance over air conditioning issues

A group of teachers from Benjamin Franklin Career and Technical Education Center in Dunbar file a grievance against Kanawha County Schools over heating and air conditioning issues. (WCHS/WVAH)

A group of teachers in Dunbar has filed a grievance against Kanawha County Schools over heating and air conditioning issues.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that the teachers from Benjamin Franklin Career and Technical Education Center filed the grievance last week.

Teacher Julie Wiles led the effort to file the grievance and says the problems have been ongoing for years. She says about half of the center doesn't have cooling or heating.

The grievance comes amid air conditioning and power failures at the school district. On Friday, the district closed seven schools due to power issues. Four schools also were closed the following Monday due to similar issues.

Kanawha schools Superintendent Ron Duerring has said the county has an old ventilation system and not enough money to replace it.

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