ROCKFORD, AL (WSFA) - WSFA 12 News contacted the Coosa County Superintendent's office Friday after concerns were raised on WSFA's Facebook page over heating at a school in the district and the possible health risk of using a portable heater.
Superintendent Dennis Sanford confirmed that a single classroom at the Coosa County Science and Technology Center was having a heating issue, but that the situation was being addressed. A new $5,000 heating system was scheduled to arrive soon, "possibly tomorrow" Sanford said.
The system's chief did not believe there was cause for alarm, saying that a heating unit in one teacher's classroom was not working so a portable heater was brought in to keep the classroom warm. The teacher had access to several other classrooms at all times and could move to them at her discretion, Sanford said.
Sanford said the student's were not in danger because of the portable heater's use.
The facility, which some refer to simply as the 'trade school', was built in 1977 and Sanford acknowleged that any building its age would have a few problems. Approximately 400 students from Central High School are funneled into the facility for career tech and science classes.
The system's top official said he was not aware of any other heating issues within the school district.