I think everyone is a FAN, sorry about the pun.

RISD Trustees voted at a work session on Dec. 16 to replace the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at Lake Highlands High School. 

The district had planned to replace the HVAC system in the H building until the next bond in 2021.

At the work session, Assistant Superintendent of District Operations Sandra Hayes proposed to expedite the project since the current system is unable to meet the needs of the school and said it was deemed at the end of its useful life in 2014. They have worked on the system gradually, but the particular building is in construction.

“We are concerned that [the system] will not make it until after 2021—that at any particular time this entire unit could have to be replaced,” Hayes said. “So this is a project that has to happen, it’s just a matter of when you want it to happen.”

It is currently priced at $5 million with softs costs that could total the project to $6 million including planning and development.

Hayes also said now is the right time for the new system since LHHS is already under construction and that waiting to replace the system would become more expensive over time.

Construction is expected to begin around spring break and end before the 2020-21 school year begins in August.