(KMOV) – Parents of students attending Younge Middle School in East St. Louis are frustrated after showing up to school and then learning classes would not be in session Monday.
The school district is facing criticism that they waited too long to tell parents about delaying the start of school. Parents were upset with administrators for waiting until the last minute to announce there would be no school Monday because the air conditioning unit was broken.
The district says it handled the situation as best it could, and the superintendent says she hopes to do a better job communicating the message the next time around.
The district held a meeting Monday night and now says school will be delayed by one, and not two weeks. Classes at Younge are now scheduled to begin August 23.
Meanwhile, $75,000 of emergency funds are being used to repair the copper stolen from the air conditioner.
The superintendent says the company hired to fix the unit notified the district Friday that the repairs would take longer than expected.