At the November 9 Board of Education Meeting, the Board voted to upgrade the District’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system and install an air cleaning method as an additional measure to keep students and staff safe from airborne pathogens and COVID-19. Mason Public Schools (MPS) will purchase the Dynamic Air Quality Solutions system, which according to the company, “captures the droplet nuclei that play a role in aerosol transmission of the COVID-19 virus while contributing to reduced maintenance and lower energy costs, compared to high-efficiency conventional filters.”
MPS will spend $472,000 to upgrade the HVAC systems in each of the District’s six school buildings using this new technology. The District will make the purchase from Trane, who was awarded the contract by the U.S. Communities cooperative, which is a cooperative purchasing organization for state and local government, K-12 education, colleges and universities. The project will be paid for by a combination of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds and sinking funds.
“The health of our students and staff must be our top priority so they can learn and support kids in a safe environment. As COVID-19 is at the top of our minds right now, as it should be, this new state of the art HVAC system will add one more measure of safety to our buildings to assist in minimizing the spread of any airborne illnesses for years to come,” said Ronald Drzewicki, Ed.S., Superintendent.
The vendor, Trane will work with MPS administration to install the new Dynamic Air Quality Solutions system in 2021.