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Posted: Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 11:17 AM HST

Hawaii lawmakers hash out school cooling plan

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) Hawaii lawmakers are hashing out ways to get air conditioning into the state's public schools.

Sen. Suzanne Chun-Oakland said Monday that students and teachers in her school district have become sick and a pond of fish has died because of the heat.

She says health concerns should be considered as the Department of Education considers a cooling strategy.

She says in the past, buildings were designed to take advantage of trade winds, but the wind patterns have changed.

Members of a joint Senate-House committee say the state needs to collect good data.

Rep. Richard Lee Fale asked if a high school on Oahu's North Shore could connect with a cluster of about a dozen giant windmills nearby to draw energy for cooling, but was told there would be hurdles.

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