Counseling office deals with lack of windows and air conditioning problems

The new construction has temporarily removed the counseling office window and temporarily broke their air conditioning

September 24, 2019


By Andrew Tow

After the construction got rid of his office window, school counselor Chris Wallace has to work in the dark.

With the new renovations to the school, one unintended effect is that the counseling office has had to deal with darkness, heat and temporarily losing their office.

For counselor Chris Wallace, losing the counseling office’s window, and the light that comes with it, has been a major adjustment.

“You lose that natural light coming in, so getting used to a darker environment, … with only the fluorescent lights up above was kind of an adjustment,” Wallace said. “We are very relieved that we are getting our windows back … [because the windows] open up the space and provide … a better setting than simply being in a closet of sorts.

In addition to losing the window, Wallace found it difficult to adjust to a warmer environment due to the lack of air conditioning at the beginning of the school year.

“Getting into [the counseling] office without the AC was pretty tough,” Wallace said. “I tend to prefer having a comfortable environment to work in.”

Although parts of construction has made their jobs more difficult, Wallace feels that temporarily moving to the media center was actually beneficial. 

“In some ways there was a benefit to being in the media center together,” Wallace said. “Being able to work together and talk with one another easier was actually a way to make it a little more enjoyable.”

For Wallace, any setbacks that the construction brings is worth it for the overall benefit of the school

“I look at it is a minor inconvenience for a long term gain and I am absolutely willing to tolerate it for the time being, knowing that the end product will be worth it for our students and community,” Wallace said.

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