Archive for Thursday, December 4, 2003

Audit shows ways to trim school district energy cost

December 4, 2003

A preliminary energy audit of schools in the Basehor-Linwood School District determined there were ways to save on utility costs. Just how much cost could be trimmed will be determined upon the completion of a detailed audit, school officials said.

On Monday, Dec. 8, Don Swartz, school district director of building operations, will brief members of the Basehor-Linwood School Board on the analysis from the preliminary energy audit.

The preliminary audit, performed at no cost by TAC, Americas of Overland Park, included a review of the school district's utility bills for the last two years and an engineer's analysis of equipment at each school in the district.

With utility costs increasing each year, and with five schools in the district to pay for, the school district is attempting to stem costs by allowing TAC, Americas to perform the audit.

"Part of what they're trying to do is let us know if there are any energy savings available," Swartz said. "What they determined is, yes, there are some savings available."

Two schools in the district, Glenwood Ridge Elementary School and a wing of Basehor-Linwood High School, employ a smart system. A smart system is a computerized system that controls heating and air conditioning efficiency by timer.

Whether the school district will pursue a detailed audit has yet to be determined. The school board will decide on the detailed energy audit at a later date.

The school district could choose to implement the smart system into all schools in the district should they approve the detailed audit. Most likely, implementation of a district-wide smart system would only be pursued if the utility savings would fund the project, Swartz said.

Before a detailed audit, the school district would put out a request for qualifications for companies interested in performing the detailed energy audit.

Other items on the school board's agenda for consideration Monday evening are:

  • Focus on Learning, presented by teachers from Basehor-Linwood High School.
  • School improvement update presented by teachers from Glenwood Ridge Elementary School.
  • Update on air conditioning project for the north wing of Basehor-Linwood High School.
  • Reinstate Feb. 16 in-service day.
  • Approve School Board policy revisions and updates.
  • Update on Kansas Association of School Board Convention.
  • Superintendent's report.

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