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August 15, 2013

Central High starts year with new air conditioning unit

CENTRAL HIGH — For Central High Principal Mark Perry, the new air conditioning system provided a cool way to start the first day of school.

Central High elementary and high school students started back to school Wednesday, and they were greeted by cool air, something Perry said has been missing for a while. During the summer, the school had a new HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) unit installed.

This was part of the bond issue approved by Central High voters Feb. 14, 2012. The rest of the bond issue consists of a new gym on the opposite of Broncho Drive from the school.

“The heat and air conditioning in the elementary and high school is 100 percent complete,” Superintendent Bennie Newton said. “The new gymnasium is about 75 percent complete. They’re still telling us it should be done by the end of September, the beginning of October. We will be in there by basketball season.”

Perry said this is the first time in nine years that he has started the school year with air conditioning. His office has traditionally reached temperatures of around 85 degrees.

With the new HVAC unit, Perry said it will make being in his office more bearable, although he will probably still comb the hallways because he enjoys a camaraderie with the students.

Although the new school year is starting with a cooler temperature, Perry said there is also excitement in the air. He said there were several students who shared their excitement after seeing their peers on the first day.

“There’s excitement in the halls,” he said.

This school year will have about 400 students. Newton said it may be a bit lower than last year because of a sizable graduating class (the largest in Central High history) that left the school in May.

Perry said a large seventh-grade class has also moved into the high school building, which may make up for the departure of last year’s seniors.

Newton and Perry said the first day of school went well, and they’re looking forward to what this school year will bring.

“It’s gone real smooth,” Perry said.

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