by Lucas Bandstra and Isabella Baugh
Too hot, too cold, or just right? The temperatures outside are dropping, and so are the temperatures in the school, according to students at PCHS. The temperature of Pella Christian seems to be a controversy regularly discussed among students and staff. According to a recent survey on the temperature of the school, 27% out of 152 respondents said it was“freezing cold.” The other 24.5% of people labeled the temperature as “a bit chilly” and 22.4% described it as “depending on the day.”
With this in mind, because of the temperatures in school, 60% of students say they adjust what they wear.“I would rather not have to wear a huge scarf and coat every single day. A t-shirt and jeans would be perfectly fine with me,” said one student. “But it really limits my wardrobe when I can only wear sweaters during the school day. Winter coats are meant to be worn outside, not inside the school.”
“It’s way to cold in this school. A student shouldn’t have to carry around a sweatshirt to every class just so that we don’t shake in our seats. I almost cry if I don’t have my winter coat or sweatshirt for chapel,” commented another student.
Not every room in school is cold however; according to students, the three hottest rooms belong to English teachers Rachel Renaud and Marlo Van Peursem, as well as history teacher Dan Vermeer.
One third of the responses also stated that Bible teacher Joel Ritema’s room was know to be the chilliest, followed by math teachers Kevin Herdegen and Larry Hessing, the commons, the auditorium.
According to Custodian Doug Van Wyk, the heating and cooling throughout the building is regulated by a computer system. “Each room has its own thermostat set to a middle range. This middle range is where each teacher usually sets their room around. They can then choose to go up or down two degrees from the middle range, depending on their needs,” he said.
Van Wyk does his best to accommodate the various preferences of each teacher. He personally sets the middle range of each classroom according to what is most comfortable to teachers and their room. He also monitors the degree of each room through a computer system, so he is able to tell if it becomes too hot or too cold. “Overall, the teachers are the ones who dictate the temperature,” said Van Wyk.