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North Salem Schools Confront the Heat

According to, temperatures will reach 96 degrees on Thursday. The Daily North Salem wondered how the schools would fare under those conditions, so we contacted middle school and high school Assistant Principal, George Bovino.

“Three-quarters of the high school classrooms are air-conditioned,” he said, “So is the middle school cafeteria.” The high school cafeteria is not air-conditioned, nor are the gyms.

If the heat wave comes as predicted, “We are planning to drop some lighting but we won’t change school hours. We’ll make a determination about outdoor recess for the middle school later on.”

If it is very hot in the rooms that are not air-cooled, those classes will be moved to the library or the middle school cafeteria. They also plan to have fans up and running.

Gary Green of the Building and Grounds Department said, “It’s business as usual for us. The air-conditioning in both schools is running. We’ll probably start the system a little earlier in the morning to keep up with the somewhat decreasing temperature overnight.”

Dr. Bovino added, “I am concerned about the O.P.T.I.O.N.S. program that’s scheduled for Thursday night.”  O.P.T.I.O.N.S. is an optional credit course for seniors, based on exploring careers of personal interest. “But we’ll make sure that the rooms we use for the presentations are air-conditioned.”

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