CHENEY, Wash. — The Cheney School District Superintendent said they hope to have the heat turned back on at Cheney High School by Wednesday morning.
Superintendent Rob Roetteger said they turned the boiler on at 2 p.m. Tuesday, but it takes time to run.
Roetteger said two classrooms temperatures dropped to 57 degrees and the school provided space heaters. He said the majority of classrooms were between 62 and 69 degrees Tuesday.
An email sent by Cheney High School Principal Troy Heuett on Sunday was forwarded to KREM on Monday morning. It said the school’s heating system is not scheduled to be online until approximately Oct. 7. He added that students and staff should “dress appropriately with warm clothing as the temperatures throughout the building may be cooler than normal.”
Heuett told KREM that the heat could be up as soon as Tuesday or Wednesday.
"The conditions that came up that were abnormally cold so that caused our construction folks to speed up their work and they're actually in a meeting today. They're working to get our boiler up and running either tomorrow or the next day for our school," he said.
He also added that the issue wasn't affecting day-to-day activities.
"Our kids have adapted really well and been super flexible. There's a few more coats being worn around our building right now and our staffs doing a great job. Overall very positive attitudes from the kids," Heuett said.
The issue wasn't related to kitchen construction that's causing cold lunches to be served some days, Heuett said.
Spokane broke several snow records over the weekend, with 1.9 inches of snow at the Spokane International Airport on Saturday and 1.3 inches on Sunday.
More freezing temperatures are expected Tuesday and Wednesday morning.
Temperatures will sit well below average, warming up into only the upper 50s by the end of the week. The average during this time of year is the upper 60s.
“Our maintenance department is doing their best to control building temperatures and are [sic] working with contractors to get our heating system up and running as soon as possible. Our students and staff have shown tremendous flexibility over the last few weeks, and I am thankful for their positive attitudes as our facility continues to go through major changes,” the email from Heuett reads.