Suzanne Russell, Bridgewater Courier News
PERTH AMBOY – City public school students have sat bundled in winter coats and hats at their desks in cold classrooms in recent weeks, according to a teachers union president.
“The teachers are at their wits end about this. The children are cold and uncomfortable and it’s hard to focus,” said Pat Paradiso, president of the Perth Amboy Federation-AFT, the union that represents 1,600 district teachers, paraprofessionals, custodians and other district employees.
Paradiso said the problem is most apparent at the Robert N. Wilentz Elementary School where she works. She said some classroom temperatures have hovered in the 30- to 50-degree range in a building where the district’s window replacement project is now underway.