If It’s November, Bring Your Blanket to English Class

Heat is unpredictable at SHS

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View inside SHS boiler room

View inside SHS boiler room

Lauren Montgomery

Lauren Montgomery

View inside SHS boiler room

Hannah Bates, Staff Writer

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It’s not groundbreaking news that the heat at Scituate High School isn’t working. In fact, as the cold weather rolls in every year, Scituate High students expect a new issue with the heat. It appears our beloved old building, which was built in 1961 and renovated in 2002, has seen better days–or at least the boilers have.

The most talked about issue in the building for the past two weeks, however, is the insufficiency of the heating system, specifically in the science and English classrooms. Every student and teacher who has stepped foot into an English classroom knows of the dramatic temperature change in the frigid classroom compared to the balmy hallway. Many complaints have been made to the administration: When Principal Wargo was asked who specifically has been complaining, he responded humorously, “Who hasn’t?” Sitting in these sub-zero rooms has proven to be uncomfortable for students and teachers alike–some even bringing blankets and space heaters to try and keep warm.

But what is being done about this problem? And what caused it? Well, according to Wargo, there was a faulty part in one of the boilers that resulted in the inefficiency of the heat in October. On October 24, an order was placed with an overseas company to replace the part. It took longer than expected for this part to come in, and the issue is currently being addressed.

Heating problems in the high school are an old issue. When asked how long the heat has been temperamental at Scituate High School, Wargo quickly replied that it had been causing problems for the six years that he has worked at Scituate High. He then elaborated, “If you ask someone like Mr. Haddad, who has worked here for years, he would tell you it has been an issue for decades.”

We can only hope for a permanent solution to our heating problems that have affected our school–and everyone in it–for years.

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