The Renfrew County District School Board says it has equipped some of its schools with better HVAC systems.

The Board announced that it has improved duct sealing and ventilation in 17 of its schools, as well as its administrative offices. They say that this has increased air circulation in schools by up to 45 percent, and has reduced energy costs. These improvements have impacted 5,500 students across the region.

The initiative is part of the Cleaner Air for Schools Program, which aims to improve air quality across the province. Board Chair Byron Morris says that for the 2021-2022 school year, the Board is investing $5.8 million into 26 ventilation projects.