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Akron schools discover cold-weather problems with new buildings
Severe cold surfaces some problems

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Akron schools chief David James says this week's cold snap revealed some problems that could not have been anticipated.
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Despite today’s balmy temperatures, headaches continue for businesses, utilities and schools caught by this week’s cold snap.

Akron schools Superintendent David James says water sprinkler pipes broke in some of the district’s new buildings and in its bus garage. 

James says the deep freeze revealed hard to predict flaws in the newer buildings.


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“You know it’s going to happen. You just don’t know when. There are some prudent measures you can take, but particularly for our new buildings -- because some of them are so new -- you don’t know how they’re going to react to very severe cold, which we really haven’t had a lot of.  This one of the first really subzero and then you have those wind chills at 30-40 below.”

Akron schools lost three days this week due to the cold.

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