SVHS dismisses early as AC replacement continues
HUNTINGTON — Due to rising temperatures and the ongoing roof and HVAC system replacement at Spring Valley High School, students and staff were dismissed about two hours early on Thursday afternoon.
School officials cited high classroom temperatures as the reason for dismissal and warned parents that future early releases could be possible until a new air conditioning unit is in place.
According to Wayne County Schools Superintendent Todd Alexander, there is one functioning air conditioning unit in the building that provides cool air to the commons area and some classrooms downstairs but the academic wing is currently without air.
Due to the nature of the project, the entire AC unit in the academic wing is being replaced. Alexander said the unit had to be taken out of service and turned off in order to install the new unit, adding that the issue will likely be resolved next week.
“Contractors have really been making great progress on the project even though we’ve experienced some delays. We’ll start the process of setting the new rooftop units in early next week and those parts of the building currently without air will have that over the next week or so,” Alexander said.
To combat the problem, school officials will take morning and afternoon classroom temperature readings daily to ensure that the building is at a safe temperature for students and staff.
Alexander said that there are no specific criteria to determine if classrooms are “too hot,” but that temperatures will be monitored closely when outside temperatures begin reaching or surpass 80 degrees.
Spring Valley students and parents are encouraged to have a plan in place should school deem it necessary to release early in the coming days until AC service is restored. According to a release from the school, scheduled after school practices can still take place but students will not be permitted to remain at the school until the start of those practices.
While AC is scheduled for installation early next week, the roof will not be completely installed until late summer.
Completion of the project is on schedule for August 2019 before students return for the 2019-20 school year. Construction began in earlier this year in January just before students returned to school after winter break.
Boggs Roofing in Huntington was awarded the contract for the roof replacement at a cost of $799,395 for the base-bid for a 20-year roof. Manhiem Construction, a Pittsburgh based company, was the low bidder for HVAC replacement at a cost of $2,866,000.The Board of Education received 3.6 million dollars from the School Building Authority (SBA) Needs Project grant that was approved in 2017 to be used in part at SVHS.