Recovering sensible or total heat, wheels or cubes, optional add-ons like fans and filters and assorted sensors ... it takes some homework to specify the right energy-saving recovery ventilator for your school application.
An engineer with the 9th-largest school district in the United States writes about the IAQ testing and final report that his district commissioned. From offices to classrooms to cafeterias and restrooms, the monitoring was extensive. Read the results and some author comments about acceptable IAQ in schools, the possibility of overdoing fresh air, and the associated costs.
Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the author pursues some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll.