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Neighbors Growing Together | May 25, 2018

Washington to receive geothermal system

Will be last school in district to receive air conditioning
By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Jan 29, 2018

Washington Elementary School will receive a round of upgrades this summer similar to those given to Pence Elementary School the year before.

Washington Elementary School Principal Jeff Eeling said the biggest change will be the geothermal heating and cooling system planned for the school. Pence received a geothermal system last year, and Fairfield Middle School has had one for a number of years.

Importantly, the upgrade will allow Washington to run air conditioning. It is the only building in the district without it.

The school will also receive new lighting throughout the building, just like Pence received last year.

The geothermal field will run underground on the south side of the school near the baseball/softball backstop. Eeling said contractors may begin drilling holes there before the school year ends, though he doesn’t believe it will interrupt recess.

“Our little guys don’t use that much green space south of the school building,” he said. “They’re tiny, and if they get spread out too far, you can’t keep an eye on them. If they’re over that hill, they’re out of sight, and that’s not good.”

Eeling said the geothermal company drilled a test well on the southwest corner of the grounds, far from where children play.

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