Pacifica High School in Oxnard, is receiving new air conditioning units in all buildings.
Due to Measure A, Pacifica has had several projects completed that include an updated security system, new lighting around the campus, updated fire alarms, renovated sports fields, and now a new HVAC system.
Principal Chris Ramirez says that the AC installation is going well, and that it’s currently being tested in several buildings.
“The HVAC system is a big plus,” Ramirez said to VIDA Newspaper. “When the school was designed in the early nineties, Oxnard wasn’t as hot as it is now.”
Ramirez also mentioned that the buildings in the school retain more heat compared to newer campuses.
Staff on site throughout the summer have been working in bungalows meanwhile the AC units get installed and are steadily making their way back into the buildings before the school year begins.
“Measure A’s purpose is to target the student needs that have come over the years and to improve the infrastructure in our schools,” Ramirez said to VIDA Newspaper. “We’re very glad that Measure
A was passed, and we thank the community for allowing us to receive these extra funds to help the students’ needs out.”
Ramirez says that other schools that he’s worked at in the Oxnard area did not have AC in all the buildings as well.
Students and teachers would cool off by using fans in class and opening windows and doors for air to circulate.
“The good thing about Oxnard is that the heat is bearable unlike some of our neighboring cities,” Ramirez said. “It wasn’t bad, but the [new HVAC system] was a need and is conducive to learning.”
There isn’t an exact date as to when new HVAC project will be complete, but Ramirez says that it seems to be moving quickly.