Archive for Thursday, April 15, 2004

Basehor-Linwood schools to try special plan to save energy costs

April 15, 2004

Members of the Basehor-Linwood School Board will host a work session later this month to discuss the merits of an energy-efficiency project, which could cost nearly $1 million.

School district officials discussed the project briefly during Monday night's school board meeting hosted at Basehor-Linwood Middle School.

The first leg of the project would cost approximately $300,000.

Earlier this year, the school district received results from an energy audit, conducted by the firm TAC, America's, which guaranteed the project would be self-funding. Savings from the project would at least cover the project's total cost, if not more down the road.

The savings would be had by employing a "smart system," a computer system regulating heating and air conditioning. The system is currently being used at Glenwood Ridge Elementary School and Basehor-Linwood Middle School.

Another part of the project is designed for long-term savings and would cost an additional $600,000, approximately. It includes: lighting upgrades at Glenwood Ridge and the high school, installing air conditioning throughout the Basehor sixth-grade center and air conditioning replacement at Basehor and Linwood elementary schools.

Don Swartz, school district director of building operations, said the second part of the project could be funded at $40,000 per year through capital outlay funds.

"I think for 40 grand a year in capital outlay money we at least have to look at it," Swartz said.

The school board has not approved either project as of yet and will use the work session later this month for more in-depth discussion regarding the project.

The school board discussed another possible project Monday night as well.

School Board members have yet to take action on which of two options they will pursue to help beef up security at Basehor-Linwood High School.

However, of the two choices, which are separated by approximately $1,600, a full fledged security system is probably the best bet, Swartz said.

"Our thought is if we're going to go with one or the other, the security system is the way to go," Swartz told School Board members Monday night.

A year ago, vandals smashed windows at the high school. More recently, criminals broke into the building and stole valuable items from classrooms.

The incidents caused school district officials to look at strengthening security measures for the building. The options under consideration are the security system and fencing the entire north side of the building, where both criminal acts are believed to have begun.

The security system, which entails motion detectors and glass breakage alarms, would cost $15,353 as well as monthly monitoring fees. The fencing would cost a shade less, $13,754.

In other news, the school board:

  • Approved, 6-0, the 2004-05 school calendar.
  • Approved, 6-0, BLHS band and forensics trips.
  • Approved, 6-0, annual membership renewal and dues to the Kansas Association of School Boards.
  • Approved, 6-0, legal fund membership renewal and dues to the Kansas Association of School Boards.
  • Approved, 6-0, bid of asphalt sealing.
  • Approved, 6-0, Sunflower Broadband agreement.

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