Tempers are heating up over a decision by Williams to save money by raising school thermostats.
Classroom volunteers say kids are dripping with sweat after Williams raises the thermostat from 72 to 77 to cut costs to offset the expense of increased district administrators.
That may be why Chris Williams abruptly canceled last week’s school board meeting. He doesn’t want to face angry parents and teachers over another issue related to financial crisis. At the previous meeting a number of Georgia Brown parents complained about another cost cutting move. The reduction of yard monitors at the bi-lingual elementary school. The thermostat issue, however, is district wide. One volunteer writes, “it’s bad enough that you expect your teachers to teach in these conditions, but to expect young children to learn when its as hot or hotter in the classroom than out of it, is inhumane.”
Williams nearly doubled the size of the district administrative staff, hiring friends and former co-workers out of Fresno and Clovis, many with no legitimate qualifications. That has forced him to cut expenditures in other areas, like janitorial staff, yard monitors and now adjusting thermostats to reduce electricity bills for the school district.