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Middle School Undergoes Air Conditioning Upgrades
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 • Posted September 13, 2012

A lot of the attention and focus of the May 2011 bond passage is directed at the elementary school, as it should be. The renovation of the historical building, with an expansion of sixteen classrooms and a new cafeteria, is a milestone event.

However, some of the bond money went toward improvements at the middle school, and those funds along with a government grant significantly upgraded the school’s air conditioning capabilities.

Middle School Gym

“It’s great!” said eighth grade student Daniel Chamblee. “It’s a lot better than last year! I love it!”

The air conditioning system put in place in the middle school gym utilizes the latest technology and design elements to create a system that is both effective and efficient.

“It’s a world of difference,” said Coach Scott Balmos. “It’s significantly cooler than it was last year. During hot days last year, it was about ninety degrees in the gym.”

“It’s a great atmosphere for the kids. We acclimate by participating in outside activities, but we’ll also bring them inside the gym for activities also. It makes our PE program better overall.”

JV volleyball coach Brandi Mumme said, “We ran a tournament here a few weeks ago, and every team was super excited when they got to the door.”

“It makes a huge difference!”

Server Room

A small room located in the library houses two servers and a variety of switches that run all of the online computer systems on the middle school campus.

“These servers generate a lot of heat,” said BISD Technology Director Thomas Cozzi. “Providing air conditioning to this room ensures the health of our servers. Now every server room at all three campuses is cooled.”

Seven Cooling Units Receive Energy Efficiency Upgrade

Blanco ISD was awarded a grant by the State Energy Conservation Office to upgrade seven cooling units that were over twenty years old. The upgrade improves energy efficiency.

“These units cool various classrooms,” said Maintenance Director Tony Petri. “We changed out both an air handler and a condensing unit.”

The grant covered the cost of the entire project, which cost just over $85,000.

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