At its meeting Monday night, the board approved two motions, first a performance-based energy savings agreement between the district and
The scope of the work includes districtwide lighting, building "envelope" (the physical separators between the conditioned and unconditioned environment of a building) upgrades, plug-load management, upgrades to the heating and ventilation systems in all the district buildings and the repair and replacement or repairs of leaking roofs in each building.
The district expects to save approximately
Porter said directors just got the contract from McClure over the weekend, despite it being at the district office for two weeks, according to the representative.
"There are a number of things here that I just don't agree with," Porter said. "This is the only chance we have to discuss this because the contract was drawn up quicker than any other project we've done, so I hope I don't bore anyone."
Porter and the McClure representative went back and forth for about 20 minutes on a number of items in the contract including comparing prices for oil and propane and lighting in the room.
"I would like to see something added that any light bulbs exchanged either meet or exceed the number of lumines, and that the footcandles in the room be equal or greater than when we started the project," Porter said.
He also has a problem with the contract stating some rooms would be lit from
"I talked with our high school principal and our building and grounds supervisor, and they hadn't seen the numbers, but there was no way these hours of use were effective," Porter said.
After the discussion, Porter made a motion to table approving the contract for one week so district personnel can review McClure's figures.
"If you do that, you might as well permanently table the entire project," said
Porter's motion died for a lack of a second, and the board voted on the contract, approving it 7-1 with
To pay for the improvements, the board approved a resolution authorizing a 20-year loan from
In other business:
- The board approved new rates for the district's health insurance for employees and appointed
- A performance audit report from the state's auditor general office for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years was discussed. Auditors found that reporting errors in pupil membership and a lack of internal controls in reporting resulted in the district not receiving approximately
District officials said a new computer program has been purchased that has taken care of the problems, and that the past information was resubmitted so the district should receive the money.
- Cove was named board treasurer for the 2014-15 school year at a yearly stipend of
- Accepted were the resignations of part-time paraprofessionals
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