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Board approved WHS plans, other school improvements

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Davis said once the bid documents are prepared they will bid out the projects to contractors and the board will choose to accept any bids submitted. He indicated the projects for WWMS and WES should complete construction in a year from their start date and the project adjacent to Rutland Elementary would take approximately 12 to 15 months.


Well have to take it to the county commission first to approve funding, Davis said.


Also during the meeting, the board heard a report from Johnson Controls Inc., which has been working with the school system the past year to improve the schools energy efficiency.


Davis said improvements made by Johnson Controls included sensors on all lights and HVAC systems to turn off when a room or building is not occupied. He said the system has experienced considerable savings since the project began.


We saved about $700,000 in the first year and each year they have to show we had significant savings or theyll write us a check, Davis said.


In the first year, he pointed out the system actually exceeded the savings estimate made by Johnson Controls by about $10,000. Davis said the savings from the first year went toward paying for the work to install the lighting sensors and more efficient HVAC systems.


Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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