BELPRE - During a special meeting Friday afternoon, the Belpre City Schools District Board of Education approved the authorized state funding to upgrade the high school's heating system.
"Hallelujah," said longtime board member Rod Hineman.
Superintendent Tony Dunn said the approval of the Ohio House Bill 264, also known as the Ohio School Facilities Energy Conservation Program, project allows the district to authorize the bonds that equal as much as $570,000.
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Longtime Belpre City Schools District Board of Education member Rod Hineman declares “hallelujah” as the board approves the state funding to upgrade the high school’s heating system.
District treasurer Eva Elliott said the loan will be paid back over 15 years at a little less than $50,000 annually.
The board approved to apply for the loan in April after Dunn approached the board in February regarding the furnace problems the district faces in all school buildings, but said the high school's system is the worst and needs something to be done.
The old system was a converted coal furnace and at the end of its life. It constantly broke down and parts are no longer being made for repairs.
District maintenance officials had been manufacturing parts themselves, but that was no longer feasible, Dunn said.
The project is estimated to cost $557,703 without interest and $722,865 with an estimated interest of 3.65 percent, according to Energy Optimizers, a company that specializes in cost-cutting energy savings for schools and commercial and industrial facilities out of Tipp City, Ohio.
The annual estimated savings will be $56,185 with monthly payments of $3,950 a month, or $47,400 annually, Dunn said.
The work will include up to 14 individual energy-efficient heating units for the building.
With the upgrades, the removal of the current system will give the district much-needed parts to repair the old heating units still used in the junior high and elementary buildings.
"Work has already started," Dunn said on Friday.
In other business:
* The board approved to hire David Mounts of Mansfield, Ohio, as the new high school assistant principal and Jamey Erb from Frontier Local Schools District as the new sixth-grade math teacher.
"David Mounts comes to us from Madison Local School District with more than 20 years of experience in the classroom," said Dunn.
Erb comes to Belpre with high recommendations and more than enough experience for the position, Dunn said.
"For last minute - and I consider late July last minute - I think we have done well," Dunn said.
* The board did not discuss Elliott's open position.
Her resignation from the treasurer position becomes effective at the end of the month.
Dunn previously stated there is a possibility the board will request assistance from the Ohio School Board Association in finding someone to be the new district treasurer.