Our principal refused to fix the furnace, and now, our school is very cold.
In a school in the United States, nobody would be allowed to leave the furnace broken at a school. I could only imagine the public outrage if a school refused to fix the furnace, but the school that I was teaching at was not in the United States. The school was a small school in Asia, and it completely supported itself financially. The students paid their tuition, and this tuition funded everything. The school was making quite a bit of money, but they still wanted to save every penny that they could. Apparently, the principal thought that it was a good idea to try to save money by not fixing the furnace. The school was small, so they were able to install one furnace for the entire building. Somehow, they found a used furnace for the building, but the furnace ran very well, so nobody complained. However, halfway through the school year, the furnace stopped working. Nobody knew why the furnace stopped working, but the school closed for a few days while the office was supposed to hire an HVAC technician to fix the broken furnace. However, when we all came back to the school, the furnace still wasn’t working. Instead, the school purchased space heaters for each classroom to use as the primary heat source. We couldn’t believe that the school was serious, but they were. Apparently, the furnace needed to be replaced, and purchasing space heaters was going to be a lot cheaper. They work pretty well, but the hallways and bathrooms are freezing.