The Situation in New York City
New York City will spend $78.75 million to install air conditioners (including electrical upgrades if needed) in approximately 11,000 classrooms.
On average, each classroom will cost $7,159.09 to cool. They know exactly when their projects will be done.
The Situation in Hawaii
Hawaii's Department of Education (Hawaii DOE) will spend $100 million to cool approximately 1,000 classrooms with air conditioners (including electrical upgrades if needed) and/or passive cooling (heat-reflective paint, night-time vents, insulation, ceiling fans).
The average school in Hawaii is shorter and less complex than the average school in New York City.
On average, each classroom will cost $100,000 to cool, which is 1,396.85 percent (or $92,840.91) more than what New York City will pay. To make matters worse, they have no idea when their projects will be done.
The Hawaii DOE should hire a few contractors from the mainland to get the job done faster and cheaper.