POINT PLEASANT — Heating repairs continue at Roosevelt Elementary, so staff and students can possibly return to class on Monday.
Mason County Schools Superintendent Jack Cullen reported when the crew tried the heat on Friday the heat was working decently, but only half of the school was adequately heated. A technician will be coming to the school Saturday to see if the issue can be resolved for classes to resume on Monday. Cullen said he will know by Saturday afternoon if school will, or will not, be in session.
Roosevelt Elementary’s staff and students have been out of school for both Thursday and Friday, but as of right now the days are forgiven by accrued time.
Over Christmas break, Cullen explained two Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) units were getting replaced at Roosevelt. However, due to the difficulty of installation and weather issues, the replacement was not complete and classes had to be cancelled for staff and students on these days.
Since August of last year, the replacement of HVAC units at certain Mason County Schools has been taking place. Cullen explained Mason County Schools were awarded a $1 million dollar School Building Authority (SBA) grant for repairs to be done within the schools, including: Point Pleasant Primary School had 29 HVAC units replaced; New Haven Elementary had seven HVAC units replaced; Hannan Junior/Senior High School had five HVAC units replaced; and Roosevelt Elementary is having two HVAC units replaced.
Except for Roosevelt Elementary, all of the new units have already been installed in the other four schools. However, at New Haven Elementary and Hannan certain controls on the thermostat still need to be hooked up.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, extension 1992.