Heat forces school dismissal

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NEW HAVEN, MO (KTVI)-- The intense heat was greeted by cheers from hundreds of students in Franklin County.  Classes in the New Haven School District were dismissed early.

One student said it`s difficult to learn in the hot weather. "It`s harder to pay attention, it`s harder to stay awake," the student stated.

Kyle Kruse is the superintendent. He said, "When you`re in a classroom and the air is not moving it`s just really tough."

Portable fans were operating in the middle and high school classrooms, but they were not getting the job done.  A high school junior said, "The hallways are really stuffy, and it`s hard to hear over the fans."

The elementary school has air conditioning, but those kids got out early too.  Kruse said, "The logistics get pretty tough when you`re talking about running double bus routes and making sure all the kids are home, supervised properly. It`s very tough logistically to close half the district and not the other."

Leanne Bauer, a parent, was understanding.  Bauer said, "Myself, I wouldn`t want to be sitting in a classroom."

Coaches made adjustments to protect student athletes from the heat.  Ray Steinhoff is the district athletic director. "Our softball game tomorrow was scheduled for a 4:30 start we`ve already moved that back to a 6:30 start," he said.  They are also moving back practice teams for various sports.

School officials said there is good news on the horizon.  If everything goes well the school building may be air conditioned in a few years.

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