Muncie elementary school working to fix broken heater, may cost up to $184K

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MUNCIE, Ind. — A Muncie elementary school was closed on Thursday and could be closed on Friday because of a broken heater.

Thursday morning, maintenance workers at East Washington Academy checked the temperature of classrooms in one of the school wings after students were reportedly wearing coats inside.

Muncie Community Schools Director of Communications Ana María Pichardo said the classroom temperature was measured at 62 degrees Thursday morning. The Indiana Department of Education sets the guidelines for classroom temperature at 68 degrees.

Pichardo said maintenance workers consistently check the temperature in the classroom, but it can fluctuate depending on the time of day.

The problem is with a piece of one of the heaters. Pichardo said it could take anywhere from 12 to 14 weeks to get a replacement part. She said it could also cost up to $184,000.

In the meantime, the school is using space heaters to help keep the classrooms warm. A special board meeting will take place on Monday. They will work on solutions to determine what students will do, including the possibility of sending students to another school.

East Washington Academy may also be closed on Friday. Maintenance workers will check the temperature in the morning before making any decisions to cancel classes.

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