WEST ORANGE, NJ – Bob Csigi, director of buildings and grounds for the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE), reported on Monday that 53 rooms at WOHS exceed the 1,000 parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide permitted by the state.
He said this finding was presented to him by AHERA Consultants, which was retained by the WOBOE to conduct indoor air-quality readings for carbon dioxide in specific areas of the high school building.
This issue came to the fore after frequent complaints by students and teachers about unusual and constant tiredness and headaches when they were in the school. See an article written on the subject by a student by clicking HERE.
In its report, AHERA observed non-operational unit ventilators, inadequately operating unit ventilators and obstruction of vents. The consultant recommended that in each classroom where CO2 levels are more than 1,000 ppm, there should be an evaluation of the unit ventilators or HVAC systems to ensure proper operation.
The report also states that in the meantime, utilizing windows when possible can “dramatically decrease levels of carbon dioxide,” according to Csigi.
“We will keep addressing this issue until it is all fixed,” he said.
The school budget for 2018-2019 was unanimously adopted during this meeting. Read the story HERE.