When Kanawha County students return to school today, some will return to facilities where summer maintenance projects are still in progress.
Most notable are those schools where air conditioning systems are still being worked on or installed. That's a handful of schools across the county.
Terry Hollandsworth, Kanawha County Schools maintenance, said maintenance staff will still be in several schools after the first day of school, working to get the heating and cooling systems in good working order. That work was originally slated to be complete by summer's end.
"Oh yeah, we'll either be working on it or monitoring to see if any have a little hiccup," he said.
Facilities officials have been struggling to work within a school calendar that scheduled the earliest start date in Kanawha County history and made for a summer break that is two weeks shorter than usual.
That's put pressure on officials who are working to implement a $20 million energy efficiency plan that includes upgrades to heating and cooling systems at schools across the county.
When the school board approved the Aug. 9 start date last year it was amidst a fuss over the potential problems that could be caused by the weather during the hot weeks of August.
"It's going to be a problem," board President Pete Thaw said this week. "And I hate to be right, but it's going to be a big problem."
Today's forecast calls for temperatures in the low 80s with high humidity.