Education department employees cooled by heating outage

cwinston@thestate.comJanuary 8, 2014 

— It was a bad time to lose heat.

But during the Christmas-New Year’s holidays, and ahead of the Midlands’ coldest weather in years, the 12-story Rutledge Building in downtown Columbia lost its heating system.

Employees of the S.C. Department of Education, the building’s tenant haven’t been frozen out though. The department has 370 of its 840 employees stationed in the building.

The state Budget and Control Board, which owns the building and is responsible for its upkeep, has brought in large, portable space heaters for each floor of the building. And employees have been allowed to bring in personal space heaters as well.

Hopefully, it’s just a temporary solution, as a part to fix the heating system has been ordered. But it could still be weeks away.

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