TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — After undergoing an air inspection quality check made by the Indiana Department of Health Environmental Public Health Division, Terre Haute North High School released the results of the inspection.
According to a press release from the Vigo County School Corporation, the Indiana Department of Health contacted VCSC to inform them that a complaint, similar to the one made in regards to the air quality at Terre Haute South High School, was made about Terre Haute North.
The VCSC noted in the release that they “fully complied with the visit” and air quality readings were taken in both occupied and unoccupied classrooms. The release goes on to say the initial data from the state reported “two areas with slightly elevated levels of carbon dioxide.”
VCSC took the suggestion of adjusting the outside air dampers to allow for more fresh air to enter the building. Changes were made and HVAC technicians responded to the issue.
“Because the Terre Haute North and Terre Haute South facilities are similar in design and age, we were not surprised the state wanted to visit Terre Haute North, and we welcome the opportunity to fix any issues that may exist in our facilities,” Superintendent Chris Himsel said. “We are aware that we have work to do to bring our facilities up to the level that our children need them to be; for that reason, we are in the process of initiating a facilities study, and we have already begun the process of conducting a $24 million HVAC upgrade project at all three high schools. These issues are being addressed.”
Himsel also explained that while each school in the VCSC is routinely checked and inspected through proactive maintenance, the state requires a report to be published when an inspection occurs. VCSC also noted the corporation voluntarily conducts air quality inspections with the most recent at Terre Haute North being conducted in November 2022.
The state’s data also reported mold levels throughout the school were within the recommended guidelines.