By Journalism-I student Annabel Davies
It’s a hot summer day at the beginning of the school year. While the weather outside can easily be found through an app or website, the situation inside the school is far less predictable.
Junior Sonia Mustric has experienced this seeming randomness before, especially in classrooms. She said, “Some rooms have that particular strange cold feel to it every single day, and some rooms are so hot.”
For lots of students and teachers, the temperature in the school regularly affects their lives. Sophomore Kai Morgan believes that, between the freezing cold West Cafeteria and the boiling hot foreign language rooms, the school is far from a comfortable temperature for much of the day.
“When you go upstairs, mainly above the… newly refurbished auditorium space, it’s just boiling hot. I can’t handle it,” Morgan said,
The fluctuations are more than just personal comfort for orchestra teacher Ed Zunic, the main orchestra teacher at the high school, who estimates that the orchestra program spends about $5,000 a year on instrument repairs. For example, he is often concerned about the temperature’s effects on the cellos and basses, which are stored in the orchestra room.
“When you have extreme hot and cold between January and February when it’s very dry in the building, the glue becomes brittle,” Zunic said
Orchestra is one of Upper Arlington’s many programs who use the music wing of the building full time, and experience it’s temperature changes.
“We have multiple air handling units down in this wing. And sometimes things break and they have to be fixed,” Zunic said.
Walking through the school, it may be difficult to picture the circumstances for a lot of students for parents and administrators. But according to Zunic, these temperature fluxuations have been happening as early as 2001
“Every part of the building I believe has its own heating and cooling units and when you kind of piece together a building you start to have problems.”.
Students, as well as administrators, tend to agree that the main cause behind these fluctuations are the building’s age.
“It’s an old school, so I guess it has awful ventilation,” Morgan said.
For a lot of students freezing to death in one class and boiling in another can affect daily planning and focus. Mustric advises that students plan ahead in order to avoid these adverse effects.
“When you know your schedule and you start noticing what classes have colder temperatures and what classes have warmer temperatures you can prepare yourself when you go to school in how you want to dress,” Mustric said.