Air Conditioning Update

posted Jan 24, 2017, 10:18 AM by Patti Renaud   [ updated Jan 27, 2017, 3:31 PM ]
Our Board of Education is currently discussing a reduction in the scope and plan for air conditioning our schools. While the overall cooling of the entire school is preferable, the critical need for cooling is in classrooms where the majority of learning takes place for students. By choosing a different type of cooling system (ductless split air conditioning) that cools classrooms and small learning areas but not larger areas such as the library, cafeteria, hallways, and gymnasiums, we could cool the classrooms at a greatly reduced cost. We are still working with the Town of Glastonbury to verify cost estimates for using this system at Buttonball Lane, Hebron Avenue, Hopewell, Naubuc and Gideon Welles Schools, but we estimate that the entire project could fall below $2 million. Our original plan for installing central air conditioning in the buildings would cost the town approximately $12.8 million after a projected 33% state reimbursement for the project. In light of the current economic climate and potential elimination of state reimbursements for construction, we strongly recommend this new scope and plan. It will most certainly improve the learning environment in our schools at a considerably better cost. More information is available in the Air Conditioning Revised Scope and Plan Executive Summary and Presentation from the January 23, 2017 Board of Education Meeting.