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East Allegheny school board considers energy agreement

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 4:56 a.m.

East Allegheny School District's board of directors will consider a “guaranteed energy savings agreement” involving an overhaul of electrical operations in the district's three buildings.

At next Monday's voting meeting it will consider a contract not to exceed $2.8 million and a tentative financing agreement with PNC Bank, all of which is subject to review by the district solicitor.

Joe Hudak of Constellation New Energy in Scott Township said the aim is to “maximize energy savings and meet as many of the guidelines as possible” under state law.

“We look forward to working with you guys,” Hudak said during the school board's monthly workshop meeting on Monday. His company would conduct the overhaul this summer.

The East Allegheny plan is similar to, but would be more costly than projects done by Hudak's company in West Mifflin Area ($1.5 million) and Elizabeth Forward ($1.2 million).

The East Allegheny district is looking to sell its former Westinghouse Elementary School building in Wilmerding, a structure once known as Westinghouse Memorial High School.

“I think it is a great building and I think it has great potential if we have the right buyer,” real estate agent Kathy McKenna told the board. She said there is one potential buyer, a Monroeville area music school.

McKenna did not identify the school but said it wants a larger facility where it can hold shows and would consider renting out parts of the Westinghouse building for additional revenue.

But she also said that music school is being held back trying to get its finances in order to buy the school.

McKenna suggested the board consider offering owner financing, providing a variety of scenarios for such a deal.

Asked by school director Roxanne Sakoian Eichler if the music school was seeking to buy the building “as is,” including asbestos problems, McKenna said, “People that I have shown it to are aware of everything.”

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