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School Board hears energy savings update

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Kathy Knust
The Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees met Thursday and received two important updates.

Northview High School Assistant Principal Jim Clausen updated the board on the energy savings of Clay Community Schools from October 2004-September 2009.

Because of the energy program, the corporation reduced its actual energy costs to $4,061,945 from an expected energy cost of $5,213,061 during the 60 months, a total savings to date of $1,151,116. CCSC is under contract with Energy Education, Inc., until September 2014. By then, it is estimated the corporation will have saved $2,457,000 in energy costs.

Technology Director Bill Milner and Director of Curriculum and Grants Kathy Knust updated the board on the current updates in technology going into the classrooms because of the three enhancing education through technology grants.

The grants have resulted in computers in every English classroom at both county high schools.

Knust commented on the amount of time it allows for teachers to be teaching.

"The computers are in the classroom so their is no more walking to a computer lab," she said. "The programs also allow for immediate feedback, so the teacher is able to help the struggling student then instead of having to grade the work which can take a day or two."

During Thursday's meeting the board voted unanimously to:

* Sell the modular building at East Side Elementary for $3,000 to New Covenant Fellowship Church. The church is responsible for the removal of the building at the end of the 2009-10 school year. Students will be using the building until then,

* Accept bids for three 66-passenger buses from McAllister Power Systems for $195,684 and to buy four 78-passenger buses from Midwest Transit for $253,752,

* Reject all fuel bids and to buy fuel on the day it is needed from Ceres Solutions, LLP and Hunter Oil Company, and

* Change the order of the school board meeting. The Board Member Comments section will now take place after Personnel Announcements and before Future Agenda Items instead of after the Superintendent's report.

The board meets regularly on the second Thursday of each month. Its next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Dec. 10.

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