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New heating system installed at Walterville Elementary School

Officials from the Springfield School District said they shut off the heat at the beginning of the school year because they were switching the diesel heating system to a propane fuel system.

Posted: Oct 29, 2019 6:28 PM
Updated: Oct 30, 2019 12:19 PM

WALTERVILLE, Ore. -- Students and staff at Walterville Elementary School have a new heating system more than two months after heat was shut off at the beginning of the school year.

Officials from the Springfield School District said they shut off the heat because they were switching the diesel heating system to a propane fuel system.

They said the new system is more eco-friendly and more cost efficient.

School staff said the heat turned back on Tuesday morning, but some parents think the school should’ve taken care of it a long time ago.

"That just seems like a basic necessity to have heat in their classrooms,” said parent Carissa Cummings. “It would've been good for them to get it fixed a lot faster."

Officials also said they received a $30,000 matching grant in order to pay for the new system because the previous system hadn’t been replaced since the school opened in the 1950s.

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