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School board discusses air conditioning

Friday, March 12, 2004

The Clay Community Schools Board of School Trustees began their regular meeting Thursday night by hearing and approving the 1028 resolution on the air conditioning projects at Meridian and Clay City Elementary schools and the replacement of the chiller at Northview High School.

Maintenance Supervisor Tom Reberger explained what each of the projects will entail. Quite a few renovations will take place in both elementary schools to improve efficiency. The two schools will have tracers put in that will make it possible to control the HVAC systems from any computer terminal in the Corporation.

The lighting at Clay City will also be replaced, making classrooms and hallways much brighter, but still conserving energy.

Superintendent Bill Schad also noted the obvious educational benefits that will result from cooler classrooms. In addition, he said the projects are being funded so that the costs will have "absolutely no impact on the taxpayer."

The substantial completion date, as Schad called it, is August 2004 for all three projects. He said all the equipment should be in and working by that time, but the systems will still need a little bit of tweaking. The total completion date is December 2004.

Under old business, the Board approved the resolution for the guaranteed energy savings project. Director of Business Affairs Randy Burns presented the Board with the annual financial report and the Corporation's Head Nurse Lynn Stoelting relayed information concerning the schools' nursing program.

Stoelting said it is difficult for her and her staff to cover all their duties, but despite her best efforts, she has been unable to find "any good answers on funding." Grants only seem to be available to pay for certain health programs, while she has not located any that simply help with general medical care.

Schad assured her that the Corporation will "not be making any recommendations to cut the nursing staff." Rather, he said if it were possible to increase their resources, he would be more than willing to do so.

In other business, the Board approved Northview Principal Ken Wallace's request for permission to purchase seven new computers for the yearbook class. They will be bought using yearbook funds in the extra-curricular account (ECA). The Corporation will not accrue any of the expense.

The Board also approved a Van Buren Elementary fifth grade field trip to Chicago.



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