Q: There are some points in the year where it is so hot it is hard for some students to focus and learn because either the teacher has no fans in their room, the room is so humid they cannot breathe, or it is just plain hot in the room. Is there a possibility the school could get air conditioning, or buy fans for the rooms that don’t have any fans? I want my fellow peers to be able to learn as much as possible, especially when it counts the most. -Student-
A: I am able to respond.
I believe that air conditioning is out of the question presently. Currently the elementary is not designed or built to have air conditioning. This building has provided great opportunities for the young scholars of the Stephenson Area Public School District for a number of years. When the building was designed and built it was not designed for central air as the heating and ventilation system is based from a boiler system with hot water providing heat and air exchanging systems in individual rooms for fresh air. There is not duct-work to run central air. Individual air conditioning units or gang units, (rooms grouped from one unit) is not feasible at the present time. The design for electrical service to individual or group units is not in place and would be very costly to provide.
The middle school / high school building facilities are very similar to the elementary regarding the heat and fresh air exchange. The east end of the middle school / high school is although better suited from an electrical service standpoint.
I believe the best option here is for the district to purchase box fans for the classrooms. I spoke to our maintenance director today and he will begin to price box fans out for each classroom. We want the physical environment to be as conducive to learning as possible and what we do each hour of each day in the classroom matters.
Thanks for the question and suggestion.