WESTFIELD, NJ — About 40 percent of the classrooms at Westfield High School do not have air conditioning, according to the Westfield Parent Teacher Student Organization. The PTSO hopes to make that number zero in 2017 with its online AC fundraising campaign.  Installation is set to begin in the 2017 school year.

In its first two weeks, the PTSO raised $10,000 toward their goal of $13,000, according to Anne Edmondson, vice president of communication for the organization.

“We even have staff who donated to this effort,” she said. “It is a nice thing to see the town unify for such a positive upgrade to the high school.”

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Lack of air conditioning was a key recurring issue voiced year after year by both students and faculty, according to Edmondson.

“As a united team, [Principal] Dr. [Derrick] Nelson, the district, school board and PTSO joined forces to make this happen,” Edmondson said. “The board and administration approved the added energy costs, the high school provided the specifications and the PTSO facilitated the fundraising.  Most importantly, the community responded.”

The cost per unit is $510. To donate, click here