Six Fresno Unified schools will replace parts of their air conditioning and heating systems after copper wire thieves recently vandalized more than 20 classroom units.
District officials say most of the damaged units still can provide some heat. The units are running around the clock, officials say, to maximize the small amount of warmth they give off.
Some of the equipment has already been restored at the schools, which include Cambridge High School and Burroughs, Ewing, Leavenworth, Lowell and Winchell elementary schools.
But the district is waiting for more replacement equipment, which is expected to be installed this week. In the meantime, the classrooms are using portable heaters to help keep warm on cold mornings.
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