By FRANK PHILLIPS
People who attend events, particularly graduation ceremonies, in the Clay City Jr.-Sr. High School gym will stop being hot under the collar, if Superintendent William Schad has his way.
The gym air conditioning "seems to be modeled after Rube Goldberg," a designer of wild contraptions, the Clay Community Schools superintendent told the board Thursday night during their regular meeting.
The gym was built in 1957 and remodeled in 1985, said Tom Reberger, director of Building and Grounds. The gymnasium was designed to only supply heat in the winter.
Reberger's best guess was that all the heating pipes will have to be torn out and equipment installed to facilitate air conditioning. More electrical equipment will have to be installed to handle the additional demands of the chiller needed to cool the gym.
Because acoustic panels installed in 1985 need to be replaced, Schad wants to do all the work at the same time.
"The whole bottom line is dollars and time," Reberger told the board.
Trustee Steve Grigsby agreed with Schad and Reberger saying, "It should have been done years ago."
Grigsby also pointed out the cost would not be paid out of the General Fund but the Capitol Projects Fund.
Schad has asked an engineer to bring a cost estimate to the board at a future meeting.
"It will be an expensive venture," Schad said.
This summer, Reberger is overseeing heating, ventilation and air conditioning projects at Meridian and Clay City elementary schools and an air conditioning project at Northview High School.
The elementary school projects won't be finished when school starts, but classrooms and the cafeterias will be in operating condition.
"We will be close, but we will make it," Reberger promised.
He added, the summer projects run close every year, but he is confident about this prediction.
He is less confident about an air conditioning project at Northview High School where equipment is the problem.
Crews can complete the project once a chiller manufactured by Trane arrives. It has been promised repeatedly since it was ordered in February, Reberger said.
Part of the problem might be that Trane is now competing with the company hired to do the work by the Clay school corporation.
"I told them the air conditioning has to absolutely, positively be completed by Aug. 1" in time for band camp and athletic activities, Reberger said.
Meanwhile, crews are busy stringing 63,000 feet of fiberoptic cable in northern Clay County. The cable will vastly improve computer and other communications between the school corporation buildings.