PRCC students say classrooms are too hot

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - With scorching temps outside, students at Pearl River Community College on the Hattiesburg Campus are complaining about the heat inside the classrooms.

Students taking classes on the second floor of the Allied Health Center say the classroom temperatures are unbearable. One student says the school turns off the air conditioner on Thursdays which leaves the building without air for three days. Once the air is back on Monday morning, students say it takes too long for the second floor of the building to cool off which leaves them learning in a 90 degree classroom .

But the Campus Dean, Dr. Cecil Burt says turning the AC off is a part of the school energy conservation program, and Monday mornings heat issue was just a maintenance problem.

"We had a safety shut off. The AC  normally comes on at 1 a.m. On Monday morning, which would bring the cooling in to play by the time the students start arriving around 7:30 a.m. , and we can back it up from 1 a.m. to midnight," said Burt.

One student said they have sent many complaints to the school, but the dean says Monday is the first time he has heard of the issue.