Metro schools prepare for first day of classes

Metro schools prepare for first day of classes (Image 1)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Metro Nashville students head back to school for the 2010-2011 school year Thursday for a half day.

Maintenance crews worked through the night Wednesday to make sure students have safe, clean and cool classrooms.

Thomas Hatfield, director of maintenance and operations for Metro Nashville Public Schools, told News 2 they're ready for the students, but it was a tough job to get Metro's 139 schools ready for Thursday classes.

“We want our environments for our children to be safe,” Hatfield said. “We want it to be aesthetically pleasing and we want it to be conducive to learning.”

Work began on Metro schools the day after school ended.

Between flood damage and the summer heat wave, crews had a lot of repairs to do.

Air conditioning units were working overtime causing some to breakdown.  Hatfield said not all of the units are inside the schools, which caused even more problems.

“It may be a hundred degrees outside, but on some of the roofs where they're working we've actually documented the temperatures being 148, 152 degrees,” Hatfield said.

The heat didn't stop crews from getting the schools in working order.

Wednesday night, News 2 found workers tending to just about everything.

However, Metro schools had to deal with more than just day-to-day maintenance.  Two air conditioning units at Kennedy Middle School were stolen just a few weeks ago.

Maintenance crews replaced the units to make sure children will enter a cool school on Thursday.

The first full day of school for Metro students is Monday, August 16.

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