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School District Approves Spending up to $2.4M on Energy Efficient Projects

The project involves a range of upgrades, including: sealing exterior openings and insulation upgrades to help with energy consumption; upgrading water heating and flow technology; and upgrading control systems, among other things.

The splashed into the "going-green" scene with a decision to add an energy-efficient pool heater before school started, and the improvements are not going to stop there.

In fact, the School Board approved a decision to borrow up to $2.4 million to help make its buildings more energy-friendly during its meeting on Monday.

Director of Business Services Jim Froemming said the borrowing amount will give the district some "wiggle room" for the project.

"This doesn’t necessarily lock us in to having to this (amount borrowed)," Superintendent Michael Weber said. "We need to see what the actual bids that come in are going to be."

The project involves a range of upgrades, including: sealing exterior openings and insulation upgrades to help with energy consumption; upgrading water heating and flow technology; and upgrading control systems, among other things.

Weber at a School Board meeting in August said the energy projects were important for the "future stability" of the district.

The district is working with McKinstry, a firm that works with companies on improving energy efficiency. The costs of the project will include a 7 percent commission price paid to McKinstry.

Board president James Eden said he sees the move as a proactive approach to maintaining the district's buildings.

"Rather than wait for (things) to fall apart, I’d rather have (this move forward)," he said.

Greg September 14, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Taxation without representation does not mean every item is voted on. In this case, the elected school board is our representation.
George Edwards September 14, 2012 at 05:36 PM
In business we use an ROI of 3-5 years. If it takes longer, it's not worth our money
jdelucia September 15, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Were there no local or state companys interested or even solicited in examining or bidding on the improvements? Why was this firm from Seattle picked? Does anyone know?
Greg September 15, 2012 at 09:24 PM
The company from Seattle is functioning as a consultant/project manager. The actual work has probably not bid yet.
Dave September 17, 2012 at 12:26 PM
$168,000.00 consultant

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