Jonesboro, Ark., April 16, 2007--They are problems common to many school districts: aging buildings and building systems, and little or no funds to make the desperately-needed repairs.

At Jonesboro Public Schools in Jonesboro, Ark., these issues were further complicated by the fact that the school district had already initiated major construction, including heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) renovations, in three of its schools. Those initiatives had used up what little capital funds were available, leaving two other schools to be upgraded.

One of those was Annie Camp Junior High, built in the early 1980s, whose 25-year-old water-source heat pumps...

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