CHICAGO (CBS) — In simply greater than every week, college students return to Sullivan Excessive College in Rogers Park, and they’ll see $25 million in much-needed repairs and upgrades.
However, as CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov reviews, there’s one huge drawback–and it’s posing a well being and security concern.
The difficulty: The gymnasium home windows on the second flooring don’t open, making the area nothing wanting a sauna.
Crews are persevering with to work in the summertime warmth to get the entire college enhancements executed earlier than the primary day of sophistication on Aug. 31.
“We had a number of issues with leaking and moldy school rooms,” mentioned Ald. Maria Hadden (forty ninth).
The much-welcomed work turned troubling when Sullivan directors informed Hadden on Thursday that the second flooring south and west gymnasium home windows don’t open. That a part of the varsity constructing, erected in 1923, doesn’t have air-con. It does have an overactive boiler that may create stifling circumstances in winter.
All in a pandemic, no much less.
Hadden mentioned no one from the varsity needed to probability to evaluate the plans earlier than the home windows have been ordered an put in.
The gymnasium’s outdated home windows did open. The entire home windows in Sullivan’s school rooms open they usually even have AC items. In keeping with Hadden, the Chicago Public Colleges’ preliminary response: the cash-strapped college, with a 90% low-income inhabitants, wanted to provide you with the money itself to repair the error.
“That was infuriating,” mentioned Hadden.
Hadden took her frustrations to Fb and hopes CPS will make it proper. “Clearly, they didn’t seek the advice of with the constructing engineers,” she mentioned on the video.
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Hadden mentioned she acquired a name from a CPS official Friday afternoon, telling her half of the home windows might be changed by the beginning of the varsity 12 months. The remaining might be changed at a later date. CPS didn’t return a request for remark.