In an effort to ensure that every Atlanta student and teacher is cool in hot weather and warm in cold weather, the Atlanta Board of Education revised its capital outlay plans for this summer to ensure that all critical HVAC systems replacement needs are met during the summer break.
Community meetings and public feedback revealed that HVAC issues stood among paramount issues for many Atlanta Public Schools campuses, prompting a full reevaluation of SPLOST IV (Special-Purpose Local-Option Sales Tax) priorities and a reallocation of funding.
Following a complete review of HVAC across the district, APS identified critical HVAC issues at 18 schools and developed a plan to quickly remedy those problems. Using about $38.9 million from SPLOST dollars, APS has already begun work to:
- Resolve by the end of spring break, humidity control issues at Cascade, Fain, Garden Hills and Whitefoord elementary schools
- Replace out-of-date, sub-standard equipment at Brandon Intermediate, Hope-Hill, Hutchinson, Perkerson and Thomasville elementary schools
- Replace older rooftop equipment with more modern, efficient units at Adamsville Primary and E. L. Connally Elementary schools
- Complete major overhauls of HVAC equipment over the summer break at Adamsville Primary, E.L. Connally, Hope-Hill, Hutchinson, Perkerson and Thomasville elementary schools, and Brandon and Sarah Smith intermediate schools. All of these schools will close over the summer to allow for completion of the work.
Major projects also have been developed for Bethune, Humphries, Morningside, and D.H. Stanton Elementary schools and Jackson and Woodson Primary schools. Further details about these projects will be shared with these school communities in the coming months.
SPLOST is a financing method for funding capital outlay projects in Georgia. Specifically, it is an optional, voter-approved 1 percent sales tax levied by counties to fund the construction of parks, schools, roads and other public facilities.
For a complete list of SPLOST projects, please visit the APS Facilities page.