Our principal refused to repair the oil furnace, and now, our school is genuinely cold. In a school in the US, nobody would be allowed to leave the oil furnace broken at a school. I could only imagine the public outrage if a school refused to repair the oil furnace, but the school that I was teaching at was not in the US! 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 fantastic 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. They found a used oil furnace for the building, but the oil furnace ran genuinely 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 afternoons while the office was supposed to hire a heating and air conditioning professional to repair the broken oil furnace. However, when we all came back to the school, the furnace still wasn’t working. Instead, the school purchased area oil heating systems for each classroom to use as the primary heat source. We didn’t believe that the school was serious, but they were. Apparently, the oil furnace needed to be updated, and purchasing space heating systems was going to be a lot cheaper. They work pretty well, but the hallways and bathrooms are chilly.