JMHS Struggles With Air Conditioning Woes

After returning to classes last week, John Marshall High School students are sweating it out amid high temperatures and humidity as the building’s air conditioning system is not working properly.

“As of right now, the high school only has about 50 percent of the HVAC working,” Marshall County Schools Assistant Superintendent Corey Murphy said during the Tuesday board of education meeting. “I was in the building today. It was a little bit warmer on the north side, but it is nothing drastic.”

Murphy and Superintendent Michael Hince said they hope to have the school cool again by next week, as Hince said the problem is likely due to a malfunctioning fan motor.

Board President Beth Phillips said she was impressed by what she saw during her recent walk through John Marshall, adding students and teachers are making the best of the situation during the ongoing renovation project.

Hince said the construction will be completed in three separate phases. He said work will continue at the building in some fashion for the next two years.

“It is a difficult process when you are doing it with kids there,” Hince said, though he added the overall disruption to the education process to be minimal.

The second phase of the renovation project began in June, which includes work on the school’s entryway, replacing all windows, restroom renovations, repaving of the parking lot, interior room work and asbestos abatement. JD&E Inc. of Wheeling is being paid $1.88 million to perform the work in this phase. The third phase will begin this fall.

The project was divided into five phases last year to accommodate the cost of renovating the school’s HVAC system. Officials expect the project to be completed by the summer of 2017.

The next board meeting is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at the board office on Fourth Street in Moundsville.