The Benjamin Logan Board of Education conducted a special meeting to look at a House Bill 264 project Wednesday.
A House Bill 264 project is a project that allows districts to borrow money to make improvements to their buildings. The project must pay for itself in a 15-year period. Often times, the projects save on energy and maintenance costs. The project also has to be approved by the state.
H.E.A.T. Total Facility Solutions presented the board with an opportunity to apply for an Ohio School Facilities Commission project to update the district's equipment and controls inside its buildings that will save the district money. The savings from the project would start to be seen within the first year.
(Pictured: Ron Thomas (left) and David Conklin (right) presenting to the Benjamin Logan Board for H.E.A.T.)
The board passed a resolution to start moving forward with the project. However, the district will not decide if it wants to spend any money on the project until a later date.
The project would work on upgrading the interior/exterior lighting, boilers, and temperature controls in the classrooms. The temperature control system would be computer operated and would have access through the Internet.
H.E.A.T. has its headquarters in Columbus and would do the work with its own staff. H.E.A.T. has done many other House Bill 264 projects around the state, including one at Jefferson Local in West Jefferson.
The proposed project will save twice the amount of the initial cost and create a better learning environment by making the rooms more comfortable, well ventilated, and providing good lighting. This will create the potential for better test scores.
H.E.A.T. President Ron Thomas talks about his company’s presentation.
In other business, the board has put out for bids to bring natural gas lines from a proposed gas line project from the main line to the buildings and to retrofit the district's equipment for natural gas. The board was part of a groundbreaking Wednesday afternoon for a gas line project that would run from Rushsylvania to West Mansfield.
Board President Bill Ramsey explains the board motion on the project and the gas line.
The board also purchased two new, 84-passenger, stub-nosed buses.
Superintendent Lori Lytle discusses the bus purchase.
The Benjamin Logan Board of Education will meet again in regular session on May 20th at 7 pm.