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Lawrence Co. district taking heat for energy policy

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A new Lawrence County Schools policy is helping save thousands of dollars a month on electricity, but several parents are complaining that students are getting overheated when the air conditioning goes out during class.

The district said it gives individual schools the option to turn off many electronic devices between the hours of 2 and 6 p.m., giving savings to a district that is strapped for cash.

Destin Berryman has two children in the school system. She said both of her kids have been subjected to hot temperatures and no air conditioning. "You don't ever turn air off to children, period," she said. "My children complained, as well as other children."

Berryman's concerns were brought to Lawrence Co. Superintendent Heath Grimes. "It happens at 2 p.m., and the dismissal bell is at 2:30. We keep them on the playground longer than that," he said.

Grimes said the program has only been used about once every few weeks, and principals at each school participating in the energy reduction each have discretion on what to leave off and on. He said the program is here to stay, and that's partly because of the savings it creates each time energy is reduced. He said that figure ranges from $200 to $500 the schools' general operations fund needs.

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