Jersey City Education Association President Ron Greco is calling out the board of education administration over no air conditioning on two floors of their main headquarters at 346 Claremont Ave.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“I’m aware that there is no air conditioning at the [central headquarters] building on the 5th and 6th floors. I’m aware that in the first heat wave we had this summer you were in the same predicament, which also occurred last summer,” Greco said in a Facebook Live video posted in the JCEA’s private group.
“9:33 a.m. this morning, I contacted through email the district’s attorney, Dr. Norma Fernandez – who is in charge of the district at this time – and the business administrator, Regina Robinson. As of now, 5:19 [p.m.], there is no response.”
Greco continued by apologizing for the “inhumane, cruel treatment” they were receiving in the midst of the heat wave.
“You’re caged up like animals that I see at night on the ASPCA commercials … I would suggest tomorrow that you sign into work and if you are overcome with the heat and exhaustion – because there are no windows except on the perimeters of the building – that you sign out of work for a medical reason.”
According to weather.com, temperatures in Jersey City reached around 95 degrees this afternoon.
On Wednesday morning, Fernandez said that the air conditioner repairs have been delayed by a new vendor “and supply-chain delays.”
“The Business office and Maintenance Department are working diligently to repair AC units as soon as possible. Unfortunately, a change of vendor and supply-chain delays due to the Pandemic have stalled the process,” she said in an email.
Editor’s note: This story was updated with a comment from Jersey City Deputy Superintendent of Schools Dr. Norma Fernandez.