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Comptroller Franchot Leads Effort to Galvanize Support for Air Conditioning in All Baltimore County Public Schools

As a member of the Board of Public Works, which approves the State's annual Public School Construction Program, Comptroller Franchot believes strongly in providing students with the best possible learning experience. He is concerned that a lack of air conditioning in dozens of Baltimore County Public Schools is threatening the health and safety of students, teachers and staff who endure heat so extreme that it has literally made them sick.

The Comptroller established the Cool Classrooms initiative in 2012 to galvanize public support for installing air conditioning in all Baltimore County Public Schools. School systems around the state have faced the same issue and have been able to solve it with great success by installing portable air conditioning units, giving school systems time to install central air while keeping students and teachers comfortable. The box units have proven to be affordable, can be installed relatively quickly and easily, and have stood the test of time.

Show your support

Comptroller Franchot will host a Cool Classrooms town hall meeting to give parents, students, teachers, and concerned citizens the opportunity to share their experiences and concerns about the issue of air conditioning in Baltimore County public schools. This meeting will be held:

Monday, October 19, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
North Point Branch
Baltimore County Public Library
1716 Merritt Blvd.
Dundalk, MD 21222

Check back here to find out when additional meetings are scheduled. For more information please contact Anne Klase at

Sign the petition!

The Cool Classrooms petition drive is underway, giving citizens the opportunity to show their support for this vital public health initiative that aims to ensure every student, teacher and staff member has the opportunity to learn and work in a healthy, safe and productive environment.

Join the Comptroller in showing your support for the Cool Classrooms initiative by adding your name to the Cool Classrooms petition.

PDF version of the Cool Classrooms petition

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