Lona Carter-Scanlon, principal at Jefferson Elementary, said temperatures in the 66-year-old school would swing from sweltering hot to freezing cold when the building’s original boiler was used.
“It was either hot, like 110, or freezing, like mid-40s-50s — depending on how the boiler was feeling,” Carter-Scanlon said.
For the first time, students at Jefferson won’t be dealing with those temperature extremes anymore.
Several decades-old boilers are being replaced by the Helena school district this summer. New boilers are being installed in the Ray Bjork Learning Center, Jefferson Elementary and Broadwater Elementary.
The boiler projects are one piece of the $3 million worth of projects the school district undertook across public schools this summer, John Carter, director of support services with the school district, said.
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