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Prairie Grove District 46 to look at air conditioning at elementary school

PRAIRIE GROVE – Heat and humidity in the classrooms in the elementary wing of the Prairie Grove school building have led to medical issues for some students, School District 46’s superintendent said.

A contractor is putting together a presentation on the district’s options for the cooling and heating systems at both the elementary and junior high schools, Superintendent Phil Bender said. The work is not costing the district anything at this point.

The analysis is meant to look at the district’s options, the costs and potential phasing, Bender said.
A special school board meeting will be held Nov. 5 for the presentation.

If the School District 46 Board decides to move ahead with the work, students and parents could see improvements as soon as next fall, depending on the cost and scope of the work recommended and ultimately approved, said Bender, who became the district’s superintendent this summer.

“We’re trying to figure out how to implement without it being a huge burden on our taxpayers,” he said.

Prairie Grove Elementary School was built in 1971, with additions added in 1975 and 1984 following consolidation with Burtons Bridge School District and enrollment continuing to climb. While a few classrooms and the office area have air conditioning, most of the building continues to have no air conditioning.

The junior high was added in 1999 and has both air conditioning and heating.

For the parts of the district without air conditioning, the heat and humidity levels can be virtually the same as the outdoors, Bender said, adding the district has not done temperature monitoring.

“It can be extremely uncomfortable, certainly not conducive to learning,” he said.

The School District 46 Board has looked at the issue in the past but not taken any further action.

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