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Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 6:22 pm

Can anyone tell me why we here in Arizona have school start in early August?

Some schools begin in late July! With everyone. especially school districts, concerned about money, why aren’t districts looking at the energy costs to operate a school during these extremely hot months? Wouldn’t it be more cost effective to start school after Labor Day when it is still warm, but not 115 degrees with 50-plus percent humidity?

I realize it would push the school year into June, but June is better weather than August. It may be over 95 degrees, but the humidity level is under 15 percent. It must cost a small fortune to cool an entire school when it is so unbelievably hot/humid out.

No one has ever been able to tell me why we start school during the height of the monsoon season... I just hear that it has always been this way. If this is our answer to anything to do with education, then we are in bigger trouble than I thought.

Dianne Szonn

Mesa

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