Archive for Thursday, December 11, 2003

Audit shows way to save $40,000

December 11, 2003

A preliminary energy audit of schools in the Basehor-Linwood School District determined the district could save approximately $40,000 per year in utility bills.

Marcus Craig, an engineer with TAC, Americas of Overland Park, briefed the Basehor-Linwood school board on the audit during its meeting Monday, Dec. 8 at Basehor-Linwood Middle School.

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

With utility bills increasing each year, the school district is attempting to stem costs.

Two schools in the district, Glenwood Ridge Elementary School and a wing of Basehor-Linwood High School, employ a smart system, which 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, said Don Swartz, school district director of building operations.

The school district has sent out requests for qualifications to companies approved by the state to perform the detailed audit. In January, the school district should have proposals for the project, Swartz said.

The school district has learned a federal matching-funds grant could be available to pay for the possible smart system project.

The school district has not yet made a decision to approve the project.

In other action, the school board:

  • Approved the reinstatement of a Feb. 16 in-service day.
  • Approved the resignation of BLHS football coach Paul Brown and custodian Michael Ahrens.
  • Approved the hiring of Stacy Krallman as a food service employee at the Linwood facility.
  • Approved updates and revisions to school board policies on sexual harassment, complaints of discrimination, racial harassment, family and medical leave and suspension and expulsion proceedings.

School officials said the updates and revisions are not a change in policy but re-wording of language to comply with state laws.

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