• Facilities and HVAC Updates

    NOTE: The CEA and the Columbus Board of Education reached a conceptual agreement on August 25, 2022, which the CEA ratified on August 28, 2022. The information contained below and in all sub-tabs on the left is for archival purposes only.

    Students returned to the classroom in-person and full-time on Monday, August 29, 2022.

    Columbus City Schools has invested more than $132 million in HVAC upgrades in 60 schools since 2017. Click here to learn more about these investments.

    Columbus City Schools is committed to improving school buildings and other facilities to provide a safe learning environment for all. While the District has made updates in previous years to help with airflow, air conditioning and heating in buildings, some projects are ongoing. The following schools are receiving HVAC upgrades as part of the 2022 summer work:

    • Broadleigh Elementary School 
    • Colerain Elementary School
    • Como Elementary School
    • Fairwood Elementary School
    • Johnson Park Middle School
    • Maize Elementary School
    • North Linden Elementary School
    • Valleyview Elementary School
    • West Broad Elementary School
    • Westgate Elementary School
    • Westmoor Middle School
    • Woodward Park at Walden (6th grade)
    • Yorktown Middle School

    CCS is working hard to ensure all updates are completed as soon as possible. Supply chain issues from the COVID-19 pandemic have created some delays in the completion of these projects. 

    Of those 13 projects, seven are expected to be completed close to the start of school. That includes:

    • Broadleigh Elementary School 
    • Colerain Elementary School
    • Como Elementary School
    • Maize Elementary School
    • North Linden Elementary School
    • Westmoor Middle School
    • Woodward Park at Walden (6th grade)

    Five projects are expected to be completed in mid-September. That includes:

    • Johnson Park Middle School
    • Valleyview Elementary School
    • West Broad Elementary School
    • Westgate Elementary School
    • Yorktown Middle School

    The final project at Fairwood Elementary School is expected to be finished by the end of September.

    Summer of 2023 HVAC Projects: due to delays in the supply chain for construction materials, HVAC upgrades for two schools; Hubbard Elementary and Columbus Alternative High School will be deferred until the summer of 2023, with fully-operational new HVAC systems anticipated for the start of the 2023-2024 school year. The budget is in place to upgrade the HVAC systems and to add central air conditioning to those remaining facilities. That contract should be in place later this fall. 

    The remaining building, Mifflin Middle School, is part of the District’s Segment 4 Facilities Master Plan.

    World Language Middle School is also receiving facility updates including new auditorium seating, all new classroom and cafeteria flooring (in places that were not previously replaced), and additional interior painting.

    The Columbus North International School and Global Academy school building is also having auditorium seating replaced (this work will continue into the school year), new cafeteria flooring, new cafeteria furnishings, exterior concrete repairs, new baseball and softball dugouts, courtyard upgrades, and general repairs. 

    Hilltonia Middle School is also receiving renovations to support Career Technical Education (CTE) spaces. This includes new flexible classrooms and a computer lab for student use.

    What is CCS doing for buildings which may not have air conditioning when school starts?

    • Increasing Circulation
      • We try to keep the air moving in the halls and classrooms. We make every effort to have as many fans as possible in these buildings, and we have deployed additional industrial-sized fans and box fans to our buildings.
      • Custodians will open windows and turn on fans early, so the air is circulating even before the entire staff and students arrive.
    • Efficient Ventilation
      • All CCS buildings have ventilation systems to bring fresh air into the building, even if there is no building-wide air conditioning.
      • CCS will use MERV-13 air filters, which are efficient at capturing airborne viruses, in its buildings where possible.
    • Creative Learning Spaces
      • Schools have the autonomy to be creative with their learning spaces, taking advantage of outdoor learning opportunities, during the warmer weather. 
      • In some schools, while each classroom does not have A/C, there are common areas (such as the computer lab or library) that do. Schools are able to plan additional learning time in those locations.

    CCS will continue to monitor the progress of these facility and HVAC changes and provide updates as they become available.

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