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Heating and Cooling

Through new construction, renovation, replacement, and maintenance, City Schools is working to make our classrooms as comfortable as possible. Because many buildings have old heating systems or no air-conditioning, this work is ongoing. To make sure we can respond quickly to heating or cooling problems, in the 2018-19 school year we installed remote temperature sensors in all our buildings. 

Heating

In prolonged or extreme cold weather, some schools with older heating systems can experience problems with malfunctioning heating equipment or burst pipes and associated water damage. In this case, the district may need to close buildings or dismiss early due to lack of adequate heat and water.

Cooling

City Schools is moving to install air-conditioning in all district-owned buildings, through either the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) or the 21st Century School Buildings Program. The plan calls for systems that provide both cooling and heat, to address temperatures year round. Depending on the school, the system may be a building-wide central HVAC system or wall-mounted "vertical package" room units.

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Air-conditioning plan

Updated January 2019

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Status of building maintenance

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Closing schools for heat or cold

Schools without air-conditioning

These schools will dismiss early on extremely hot days. Schools not listed below have air-conditioning (but may dismiss early, if their systems require repair that cannot be completed within one day).

These lists are current as of January 16, 2019, but are subject to change. Status and anticipated completion dates are provided for scheduled projects; remaining schools will be scheduled pending availability of funding allocations.

  • Achievement Academy: in construction; completion anticipated by June 30, 2019
  • Arlington Elementary School: 21st-century buildings program; anticipated completion 2019-20
  • Augusta Fells Savage Institute: out for bid for design; completion anticipated by December 31, 2019
     
  • Baltimore City College
  • Baltimore Polytechnic Institute: out for rebid; completion anticipated by December 31, 2019
  • Belmont Elementary School: in design
  • Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy West: out for bid for design; completion anticipated by December 31, 2019
  • Booker T. Washington Middle School: in design; completion anticipated by December 31, 2019
     
  • Calverton Elementary/Middle School: 21st-century buildings program; anticipated completion 2021-22
  • City Springs Elementary/Middle School
  • Claremont School: 21st-century buildings program
  • Collington Square Elementary/Middle School
  • Cross Country Elementary/Middle School: 21st-century buildings program; anticipated completion 2020-21
  • Curtis Bay Elementary/Middle School
     
  • Dickey Hill Elementary/Middle School: in design
     
  • Edgecombe Circle Elementary School: in design
  • Edgewood Elementary School: in design
  • Edmondson-Westside High School: entering construction; completion anticipated by December 31, 2019
  • Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary School
     
  • Franklin Square Elementary/Middle School
  • Frederick Douglass High School: completion anticipated by December 31, 2019
  • Furley Elementary School: anticipated completion 2020-21
     
  • Gilmor Elementary School: school scheduled to close as of June 30, 2019
  • Govans Elementary School: 21st-century buildings program; anticipated completion 2020-21
  • Graceland Park/O'Donnell Heights Elementary Middle School: new building under construction; anticipated completion 2020-21
     
  • Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School
  • Hazelwood Elementary/Middle School: out for construction bid
  • Hilton Elementary School:  out for construction bid
  • The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School: construction bid to be awarded
  • Holabird Elementary/Middle School: new building under construction; anticipated completion 2020-21
     
  • Johnston Square Elementary School
     
  • Lakewood Elementary School: in construction; completion anticipated by June 30, 2019
  • Lois T. Murray Elementary/Middle School: 21st-century buildings program; anticipated completion 2020-21
     
  • Mary E. Rodman Elementary School: 21st-century buildings program; anticipated completion 2020-21
  • Matthew A. Henson Elementary School:  out for construction bid
  • Medfield Heights Elementary School: 21st-century buildings program; anticipated completion 2020-21
  • Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School: in construction; completion anticipated by June 30, 2019
  • Montebello Elementary/Middle School: 21st-century buildings program; anticipated completion 2020-21
  • Mount Royal Elementary/Middle School: in design
     
  • National Academy Foundation
  • New Era Academy: in design; completion anticipated by December 31, 2019
  • Northwood Elementary School: 21st-century buildings program; anticipated completion 2020-21
     
  • Patterson High School: 21st-century buildings program
     
  • Reginald F. Lewis High School: under construction; completion anticipated by June 30, 2019
  • Renaissance Academy: in design; completion anticipated by December 31, 2019
     
  • Sharp-Leadenhall Elementary School: 21st-century buildings program; anticipated completion 2021-22
  • Southwest Baltimore Charter School: in design
  • Success Academy: under construction; completion anticipated by June 30, 2019
     
  • Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle School: in design
     
  • Vanguard Collegiate Middle School
     
  • Western High School: out for rebid; completion anticipated by December 31, 2019
  • William S. Baer School: in design
  • Windsor Hills Elementary/Middle School: in design
     
  • Yorkwood Elementary School

City Schools does not plan to install air-conditioning for these charter schools and alternative programs, because their buildings are not owned by the district:

  • Afya Public Charter School
  • Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School
  • Empowerment Academy
  • Midtown Academy
  • Northwood Appold Community Academy
  • Youth Opportunity