'Too Cool for School' for thousands of kids

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Newberg High School principal Dan Malone (left) and KATU reporter Dan Cassuto stand in the coldest classroom in the building: Mrs. Livingston's, which came in at 49.7 degrees.

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The principal of Newberg High School would certainly give his school's new heating software an "F" grade.

The district installed high-tech heating software three weeks ago to monitor temperatures in every hallway and classroom at Newberg High and automatically activate boilers when necessary.

"The software that's supposed to make it all run must've been too cold this morning to wake up," said principal Dan Malone.

The school dismissed all 1,500 students at noon Monday when dozens of classrooms didn't even reach 50 degrees.

Some parts of the school felt wonderful.

Classrooms in "D" building were 68 to 70 degrees.

Turn the corner to "E" building and you feel a cold front approaching.

Mrs. Livingston's classroom held the record for coldest room in the school, registering at 49.7degrees.

According to Malone, the district worked to turn on the boilers until administrators determined the "software glitch" could not be fixed soon enough to hold a full day of classes.

"I was trembling inside my two jackets," said a sophomore, Lydia Bradford.

Another sophomore, Jocelyn Sanchez, and her friends say the school erupted in cheers when the principal broke the news over the loudspeaker.

Jocelyn's mom, Danielle, picked up her daughter and praised the school for alerting parents quickly.

A spokeswoman for the district admitted there are 'issues' with the heating software.

"Contractors are in the process of syncing an old system with new controls," wrote Claudia Stewart in an email to KATU News. "It's just not 100% yet."

Stewart said maintenance crews discovered later in the day two boilers were also malfunctioning. They have since been repaired.

Newberg paid for the software as part of an upgrade bond.

Gresham High School, in Oregon, and Union High School, in Washington, also dismissed students between 10 and 11 in the morning because of heat-related maintenance problems.