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Frustrations grow as Capital High students miss another day of class

Some parents say they are frustrated after Thursday's warm temperatures and electrical issues at Capital High School led to an early dismissal. (WCHS/WVAH)

Some parents are frustrated after Thursday's warm temperatures and electrical issues at Capital High School led to an early dismissal.

"I got caught in a traffic jam about 10 or 11," Gale Hershberger of Pinch said. "They were letting school out again."

Before the grass could dry from the morning dew, classes at Capital High were ending.

"I got a text from my daughter early, and she said it was terribly hot in here," said Bridget Savage, the mother of two Capital students.

An electrical issue caused the school's heating and air conditioning system to break down, leaving classrooms hot.

"I'm frustrated for the kids because they are missing a lot of instruction time," Savage said.

Hershberger, a grandfather, said there always seems to be a problem at the school.

"It’s always something, the roof, the mold, the electrical, you know they were going to get this fixed, these kids come to schools were there for two, three hours and out again," Hershberger said.

Kanawha Board of Education member Ric Cavender said the heating and air conditioning system is old and should have been replaced a while ago. Cavender hopes issues like this will go away if the excess levy passes in November, but understands parents' frustrations.

"When it gets to this point, as a board member I have, and I plan to ask them tonight at the meeting," Cavender said.

Despite missing six days of school so far this year, Capital students will not have to make up that lost time. School officials said students go 30 minutes longer than what is required.

"The students aren't missing out on instructional time, but it’s still no excuse not having them in the classroom," Cavender said.

Students can keep up with their assignments online, through the Schoology program, but parents and grandparents say it’s not the ideal way to learn.

"They need to be in school period, end of story. They're missing too much school," Hershberger said.

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