Moved classrooms for new air systems


Michelle Kaganovsky

Student teacher Kyle Edwards teaches in English teacher Leah Pevar’s relocated classroom during Period 4.

Amanda Jimenez

Due to a few classroom’s sunrooms having inadequate air ventilation and no air conditioning, the school has begun air conditioning construction on a quarter of its classrooms.

The roofs of the sunrooms will be deconstructed and rebuilt in order for there to be new units installed.

The classrooms on the ends of the courtyards are the only ones affected and each will take eight weeks to complete.

A private contractor, hired by the Los Angeles Unified School District, has been working on the project since Oct.14.

Teachers who teach in classrooms with a sunroom will be inconvenienced and will have to move their classes.

“I don’t know where I’m moving or when,” science teacher Stephen Schaffter said. “That’s okay if it’s necessary.”

Once a classroom undergoes the process, the teacher isn’t allowed back until it’s finished.

English teacher Leah Pevar was relocated to a different room, leaving behind most of the English novels that are stored in an office. This inconvenience made it hard to plan for future lessons.

“All the English teachers had to figure out what we were going to teach for the next eight weeks,” Pevar said. “I moved with me my novels for the whole year just in case. We can’t change our minds on what we’re going to teach.”

During installations, contractors may find asbestos, a microscopic silicate fiber that causes lung and respiratory illnesses. If it’s detected, it will be contained and the project will move forward.

Many teachers and students being affected are wondering why the project wasn’t done during the summer. However, if the project was started earlier, it would have still gone into the school year.

“There’s a lot of people who are involved and it needed to be put together,” former plant manager Mike Hinson said. “It’s a project that takes time.”

The air conditioning project is expected to go all the way through this school year and potentially to the next one. As of now, there is no end date for the project.