Guymon High School Superintendent Addresses HVAC at the High School

Joe Denoyer - October 8, 2021 1:20 pm

We want to assure you that we are working hard to get accurate communications out to you
concerning the HVAC system being installed at the High School. The current boiler, which is
original to the building, is not functional. It didn’t hold up after last February’s cold snap.
Repairing it, even though that was looked at, is not an option. To have heat in the high school at
all this winter, we have to put in a new system. Since last spring and summer, the school has
been working with engineers who have assessed the roof and failing system. This has been a
lengthy process. After consulting and reviewing the recommendations and options with the
engineers, architects, contractors and getting approval from the State Department of Education to
use federal funds for this project, the district just received approval September 15, 2021.
Replacing the boiler/chiller system is not a small task; therefore, this may require some students
to participate remotely during construction so students and staff can have heat during the cold
months ahead.

This process will entail all the ceilings to be removed, ductwork to be cleaned, repaired, or
replaced leaving exposed wires and pipes, heavy machinery in and out of the building, outages of
electricity and water at times, as well as other unforeseen safety issues. The health and safety of
our students is always a priority.

Please know, there is a committee consisting of parents, teachers, counselors, and administration
working diligently to create the necessary communication of plans for parents, students and
faculty affected. Any plan created may change due to the unforeseen circumstances with
construction. All efforts will be made to minimize the impact to students, activities, and
education. For the health, safety and efficiency of this installation and the commitment to student
learning, decisions had to be made. The committee is working on further communications that
will be released soon with more details. Our priority is to create clear concise communication for
all stakeholders.

Thank you for working with us to make Guymon High School a safe and supportive learning
environment for all of our students.

Angela Rhoades, Superintendent

 

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