HANNIBAL, MO. -- Previously teachers and students at Hannibal High School had to wait until October for cool air to fill the building. That changes next week when some of the school's new air conditioning units are switched on.
During Wednesday night's meeting of the Hannibal Board of Education, Rich Stilley, the district's business manager, reported on the progress that has been made on the multimillion dollar renovation project.
"I am knocking on wood as I say this, but we are about a week ahead of schedule. I'm very happy with how it's coming along," he said.
Little remains to be done before the AC is ready to be turned on.
"At this point it is just connecting some wires," Stilley said. "Then we will have more of the water-source heat pumps to put in individual classrooms. We will be able to begin cooling down the building with the big units that were set on the roof last weekend."
Stilley estimated that new air conditioning units at the career and tech building will be ready for use around Aug. 1.
Also expected to occur soon is the burial of overhead transmission wires that currently extend between Porter Stadium and the high school.
"Then we are going to start the process of cleaning up in these buildings and getting ready for school," Stilley said.
At the middle school, which along with Korf Gym is slated for renovations in the summer of 2020, steps are being taken this year to keep students and staff comfortable early in the school year.
"We will have temporary air conditioning this fall so we won't be sending anybody home because of the heat," Stilley said.
Stilley saluted the efforts of Performance Services, the project's general contractor, and Eric Skeen, maintenance director for the school district, for their efforts.
"They (Performance Services) have been wonderful to work with," he said. "Eric Skeen has worked his tail off. We stay in constant contact about everything that is going on."