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JEFFERSONVILLE — Parkview Middle School is one step closer to having its HVAC issues solved once and for all.

The Greater Clark County Schools Corp. board of trustees at its regular meeting Tuesday awarded Schmidt & Associates of Indianapolis $63,750 to design HVAC solutions for the middle school. The company submitted the lowest of three bids for the project.

Issues at the middle school became apparent at the start of this school year, when mold was discovered upon returning to classrooms in August. The carpet had been steam cleaned in preparation for the new year and, at the same time, one chiller had broken and the other was underperforming. The combination resulted in a powdery mold in several classrooms. The district reacted by cleaning the mold, placing industrial dehumidifiers in classrooms and monitoring fungal counts.

Schmidt & Associates will design a long-term solution, according to district superintendent Andrew Melin. The project will include replacing the two chillers — a major part of the cooling system, he said — and conditioning the hallways. Before school safety was the concern that it is now, teachers would leave classroom doors open during instruction Melin explained. In that instance, the heating and cooling from the classrooms would affect the hallway. Now, doors stay closed and locked, so the hallways aren’t being conditioned.

Over the next few months, the firms will design the project and bring a quote to the board for approval. Melin was unsure what the project may cost, but did say he thinks the funds will be pulled from an existing bond, not a future one. There are still many factors that could affect the timeline, but Melin said he hopes the project is completed by this spring.

Erin Walden is the education reporter at the News and Tribune. Contact her via email at erin.walden@newsandtribune.com or by phone at 812-206-2152. Follow her on Twitter: @ErinWithAnEr.

Education Reporter

Erin Walden is the education reporter for the News and Tribune. She studied journalism at the University of Cincinnati. Send tips and story ideas to erin.walden@newsandtribune.com.