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Over 100 HVAC units remain unused despite cold classrooms

Students taking exam

In 2008, four north Sacramento area school districts - Rio Linda Union, Del Paso Heights, North Sacramento and Grant Joint Union High - combined to form the Twin Rivers district. Supporters of this move argued that the combined area, which now serves over 30,000 students, would operate more efficiently than they had been independently. This was proven to be slightly untrue after the newly-formed school districted dropped the ball in installing over 100 HVAC units despite growing complaints of classroom temperature discomfort.

The district purchased 38 HVAC units for Grant Joint Union High in April 2012, using funds from a $230 million bond measure that the voters of the former Grant school area approved in 2006. Residents of the community hoped that the $630,000 investment would be enough to resolve the longstanding climate issues at the school's 82-year-old campus. As of January 2014, those units are still sitting in storage and have not been installed, despite worsening weather conditions for faculty and students.

Superintendent Steven Martinez, who took his job in July 2013, said that he was unaware of any unused HVAC units in his district until there was a facilities assessment conducted last November. While he originally wanted to have the new units installed this April, the school will now wait until the summer to avoid disrupting students during their classes. The rest of the 100-plus HVAC units are currently sitting in a campus that has never been opened, because it was intended to house middle and high school students before the redistricting occurred in 2008. The complex cost the city over $157 million and has yet to be used.

John C. Flood offers extensive Arlington HVAC repair services, to ensure that your home and family do not freeze this winter.