21 Hillsborough schools to get new air conditioning systems
Thanks to funds from the half-penny sales tax increase voters approved in November, 21 schools in Hillsborough County will get new air conditioning systems.
These schools will get new systems over the summer:
Alonso High School
Benito Middle School
Blake High School
Burnett Middle School
Clark Elementary School
Colson Elementary School
Dickenson Elementary School
Dunbar Elementary School
Durant High School
Folsom Elementary School
Knights Elementary School
Lincoln Elementary School
Lithia Springs Elementary School
Lowry Elementary School
Riverview High School
Schwarzkopf Elementary School
Sickles High School
Walden Lake Elementary School
Walker Middle School
Wharton High School
Woodbridge Elementary School
The district said over the next 10 years, funds from the new sales tax will be used to overhaul or replace air conditioning systems at 203 schools in the county. District leaders expect to complete about 20 projects over the summer each year.
Air conditioning system problems have been plaguing dozens of Hillsborough County schools since at least 2016. At the beginning of the school year in 2017, 10News reported temperatures had at one point reached 92 degrees inside Hillsborough High School. The air handler was broken and took two days to fix.
Many of the schools had been built 20-25 years ago, about the lifespan of an air conditioning unit.
The problem has been that the district just didn't have enough money to overhaul or replace the again and breaking systems.
The district said it got the first check from the sales tax in early April and has since been working on other upgrades in high-need schools. Thirteen aging roofs throughout the district are also being replaced.
Hillsborough County Public Schools is the eighth-largest school system in the country with 206,841 students, according to the U.S. Education Department.