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August 21, 2007

Tifton -- Another day of triple digit temperatures had air conditioning units running full blast across Southwest Georgia. But at one area high school, a problem in the air conditioning unit left the classrooms without air Tuesday.

Classes went as scheduled at Tift County High School, despite an air conditioning malfunction affecting 100 classrooms.

"We came in this morning at 7:15. While getting ready for the school day, we realized it was little bit warmer than usual in the school. We called and reported it to the superintendent. We rectified the problem. We realized that we had a malfunction in our air conditioning unit. Right now, the air is off in certain parts of the building," said Principal Willie Miles.

A pump malfunction in the school's AC unit was identified as the cause of the problem; leaving classroom temperatures around 80 degrees. But, with 1,500 students and over one hundred staff, Principal Willie Miles assures every precaution has been taken.

"Any students with any medical issues, we have taken care of those kids. We have identified those kids and notified their parents. We feel that with the air working in the commons area and the gymnasium, that we were ok to have school today," Miles said.

If teachers do decide that classrooms are too hot, the gymnasium and the performing arts center, both of which have air conditioning, can be used if need be. But administrators are confident that the problem will be solved by Wednesday.

"As we speak, the maintenance department is working very hard to get the units back up and running. This is a big facility. You can't just flip a switch and it cools down in 30 minutes. But we do feel confident that we have people working and that the air will be on tomorrow morning," said Miles.

If for some reason the air conditioning isn't repaired by Wednesday, the school will make a decision about canceling classes and will notify parents.

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