Tom Smart, Deseret News
Students study at Bingham High School in this 2003 file photo.

Have you ever had to concentrate on taking a high school chemistry exam in a 59 degree classroom? Well with the first six units of chemistry class this year at Bingham High School, I've had to struggle to ignore the temperature and remember how to write the empirical formula. Some days, my teacher's notes won't erase off the white board clearly because they have frozen to the board.

For the past two-and-a-half years of my high school career, unacceptable temperatures have been a major issue with all the classrooms. And it doesn't just bother some students and teachers, but everyone can feel the effects, all year round.

The lack of temperate learning environment is seriously affecting the quality of our education. I feel that if the classrooms and hallways were kept at a reasonable 72 degrees, my fellow students' ability to do their best work would be greatly increased. Some days I have no motivation to do my school work because all I can think about is the temperature. Bingham High is seriously in need of a new heating/cooling system, and for the sake of the students, it needs it now.

Brianna Wright

South Jordan