By Miriam Lee
The Charter News – 11/16/18
New students, new staff, a new school?
A district-wide bond proposal has been approved by voters. As a result, ACA along with other schools in the district, will be undergoing modifications, which should be complete within the next five years.
“The updated plumbing and the HVAC [heating, ventilation, and air conditioning] system will be awesome—we might feel the results—but we won’t necessarily see it as much,” said ACA Director, Seanna Bloemer, over a recent interview.
The main visual upgrade will be the restructuring of the front entrance. A vestibule, or a lobby at the entrance, will be installed for extra safety precautions, according to Bloemer.
“Every single person will have to come through the main office before they can access any of our halls or any other points of our school,” said Bloemer.
Students are excited to hear about heating and cooling fixes.
“The school has really bad heating and cooling systems,” says William Poindexter, a junior at ACA. “In the winter it gets down to the 50s and 60s, in the summer it can get up to the 80s.”
Magge Gilbert, sophomore at ACA, says, “When we get back to school after summer break, it’s still scorching hot and we literally are sweating in the classrooms.”
According to Bloemer, the updates are scheduled to start summer of 2020 or 2021. Students are looking forward to the changes, however, most high schoolers will have graduated by then.
Bloemer, Seanna personal interview 11/5/18
Poindexter, William personal interview 11/9/18
Gilbert, Magge personal interview 11/9/18
http://ocschoolbond.org/, accessed 11/15/18
http://results.oregonvotes.gov/ResultsSW.aspx?type=CTYALL&cty=23&map=CTY, accessed 11/14/18.