Record low temperatures caused aging heating systems to fail this month. School system administrators said they received complaints about lack of heat at 60 school buildings. Due to the move to close schools because of student population declines, officials had been reluctant to use limited funds to pay for expensive repairs at buildings slated to close.
In response, the Mayor ordered City engineers, in coordination with the Department of Public Works, to assist the School system and expedite repairs. DGS’s Facilities Maintenance HVAC team, as well as the on-call contractors, assisted with the efforts. DGS staff and contractors provided input to the school system, performed minor repairs, documented needs for larger repairs, and regularly checked the temperatures in the school buildings.