Why are we having so many issues with our buildings?

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Our schools are old. Very old. Only three schools have been built in Alexandria since 1966, and one of them is still under construction. We have aging facilities and have lacked sufficient funding to maintain and modernize them for years.

The past few weeks have been particularly challenging because of the deep freeze that engulfed much of the east coast. The persistent below-freezing temperatures have taxed our aged systems in ways that they have never been challenged. Our aging HVAC systems struggle to work normally when it is so cold.

Our Educational Facilities team has been working round the clock with the contractors who manage our HVAC systems. Custodians have been in extra early to check the heat in buildings before school. Facilities staff were in our schools over the break and have been in on weekends to check our schools.

We acknowledge and appreciate your frustration about the impact this is having on the education of our students and want you to know that we share the goal of getting children into suitably comfortable classrooms every day of the year.