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Board of Supervisors and School Board Partner for Upgraded HVAC Systems in Schools

October 16, 2020

In continued support of the partnership between the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors and the School Board, the Supervisors have allocated nearly $300,000 of the County’s Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for the purchase and installation of new plasma generators for the HVAC systems in Botetourt schools. The Botetourt County School Board has expressed excitement about the news that the Supervisors will be using a portion of the CARES Act funds they received to support the School Division. The School Division will purchase plasma generator equipment for all of the school buildings with the money received.

“In the midst of this pandemic we are trying to figure out ways to safely return our children to in-person instruction more days per week,” said School Board Member Tim Davidick. “These systems are one part of this plan. This equipment makes good sense, and I am very pleased that the Board of Supervisors is supporting us with CARES Act money for this program.”

This state-of-the-art technology actually purifies the air by killing and reducing viruses and bacteria. The equipment is added to the existing HVAC systems of each building and creates positively and negatively charged ions that bind with pollutants, gases, and even pathogens that are floating in the air we breathe. This then allows the filtration systems to work better and remove more dangerous material from the air, including the novel coronavirus, influenza, and the virus that causes the common cold. The equipment has a lifespan of 10 years with minimal maintenance and will improve indoor air quality long past the end of the pandemic.

“I am pleased of the partnerships we have with the School Board and am excited to have found a way to improve the health of the schools’ environment,” said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Billy Martin. “These successes offer a glimmer of hope during this otherwise stressful time of the pandemic. For that, I am thankful and look forward to more opportunities in the future to partner to make our community even better.”

The plasma generators are expected to be installed before the end of the year.