Tuesday, August 10, 2021 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Construction crews are nearly done installing air conditioning on the third floors at Proviso East High School in Maywood and Proviso West High School in Hillside, District 209 officials said.
The project, long-anticipated by students and staff who for years have had to endure stifling summer heat in the buildings, is part of the $77 million facilities master plan phase one capital improvement projects.
Air conditioning on the other floors of the two buildings will be installed in future phases of the master plan scheduled to take place in upcoming years.
“Air conditioning should be done this week,” said D209 Board President Rodney Alexander. “We’ll definitely be done on each building before school starts. We’re phasing it in, but eventually the whole buildings will be fully air conditioned.”
In June, D209 officials tweeted out photos of crews working on the schools’ aging HVAC systems. On Tuesday, Alexander said the fact that air will finally come to the district’s two oldest campuses is a triumph, considering how long they’ve gone without it.
“At East, it’s been over 100 years and West, it’s been, what, 50 or 60? They’ve never had air conditioning,” Alexander said.
Proviso Math and Science Academy in Forest Park, the district’s newest school that was established in 2005 inside of a former office building, has had air conditioning since its inception.