Air Conditioning Replacements and Overhauls Begin as Promised with Students and Staff Off for Summer
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
Tampa, Fla. – (June 4, 2019) – Teams of workers have moved in to schools to begin the extensive work of overhauling and replacing air conditioning systems now that students, teachers and staff are off for summer break.
Twenty-one schools will get relief this summer thanks to taxpayers who approved the half-penny sales tax back in November.
Media members are invited to Walker Middle Magnet School on Wednesday, June 5, at 10:30 a.m. to see the first of the projects get underway. Principal Heather Holloway will talk about her excitement to get the project started and a representative from Foresight Construction, the company in charge of two A/C projects this summer, can talk about the work ahead and the timeline for completion. Fifty-five workers from Foresight will be at Walker Middle Magnet doing demolition work all week.
Walker Middle Magnet School is located at 8282 N. Mobley Rd., Odessa. Media can enter off Mobley Rd., at the north gate.
This summer, our district is overhauling the air conditioning systems at the following schools: Alonso HS, Benito MS, Blake HS, Burnett MS, Clark ES, Colson ES, Dickenson ES, Dunbar ES, Durant HS, Folsom ES, Knights ES, Lincoln ES, Lithia Springs ES, Lowry ES, Riverview HS, Schwarzkopf ES, Sickles HS, Walden Lake ES, Walker MS, Wharton HS and Woodbridge ES.
Over the next 10 years, funds from the half-penny sales tax will overhaul or replace A/C systems at 203 schools. Each summer, our district expects to complete approximately 20 major school air conditioning projects as the funds are generated by sales across the county.
A total of 32 local companies, design professionals and construction companies, will be working on the twenty-one school air conditioning projects this summer, putting work and money right back into our community.
Remember this is a construction zone, so reporters and photographers should wear comfortable shoes and be advised there will be no air conditioning on site.