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Jan. 30, 2002 – Construction at the new $28 million-plus Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School is once again a hot topic, but this time not because of cost overrides or delays.
Sen. Carlton Dowe has written Gov. Charles W. Turnbull demanding that the design of the BCB gymnasium be revised to include air-conditioning, and BCB's principal, Carver Farrow, is in hearty agreement.
Dowe wrote Turnbull: "I find it incredible that in our hot, tropical climate, this gymnasium is being constructed without any provision for air-conditioning." The senator reminded the governor that the roof of the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School gym, built in the 1990s, had to be retrofitted to accommodate the cooling equipment. "We should have learned from that experience," he said.
On Wednesday, Farrow said, "I agree. The gym should definitely be air-conditioned. The classrooms are air-conditioned, but not the gym. It would be very hot in there." He said he and the BCB teachers had assumed the gym was to have a cooling system. "We had input, and we thought air-conditioning was included in the plans," he said.
Dowe took his concerns to the Senate floor Wednesday. "We don't want these children to go into a box" to play sports, he said.
The senator and the principal are hot under the collar about another aspect of the gym plans, too: installation of a rubberized floor instead of wood.
"That kind of floor isn't being used today," Farrow said. "It's dangerous because of the injuries it causes students. It shouldn't be part of the plan."
Dowe called rubberized flooring obsolete, "unwise and inhumane," charging that there can be "serious damage to the legs of students and others who are forced to run up and down on a rubberized floor surface."
Dowe concluded in his letter to Turnbull, "As head of the Public Finance Authority, you must make these badly needed corrections. If we don't correct these errors today, we will pay more in the future. Remember, education is your 'No. 1 priority.'"

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