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East Allegheny adds 'wish list' items

| Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

East Allegheny School District is adding to its multi-million dollar energy conservation project, but not adding to its cost.

School directors on Tuesday unanimously approved wish list items, with work to be performed by Constellation NewEnergy.

Items include backflow preventers at the high school and Logan Middle School, high school electrical panel upgrades, repairs and upgrades to the high school natorium, repairs and upgrades to Green Valley Primary School boilers, and pool boiler equipment for room air exhaust and recirculation control.

“There was some (money) left that wasn't necessary to be paid out,” district director of fiscal affairs Toni Valicenti said. “We were to prioritize and chose other things that we needed done here.”

The school district's wish list budget is $229,409. Cost for the new work is $210,054, leaving a balance of $19,355 for more possibilities.

“It's just things have been so old and outdated, and needed upgrades that we haven't been able to do,” Valicenti said.

The district awarded a $2.6 million guaranteed energy savings agreement to Constellation in March. Work began in September, with a projected completion date of late February. The new work could push the project into March.

“The project's been going smoothly to date,” Valicenti said. “I don't foresee any major roadblock. Everything's pretty much on target.”

All district schools will have lighting upgrades, preventative maintenance to the boilers and upgraded water conservation measures.

A study showing where the district could save on energy costs was conducted and a report delivered in November 2012.

The district is paying for the project through a bond from the All American Investment Group. Funds were put into a special account at Huntington Bank. The general obligation note is through 2029.

Monthly debt service payments range from about $14,000 to $19,000, depending on the bond maturity schedule.

School directors approved paying Constellation $334,023.52 at Tuesday night's meeting.

They also recognized Lions Club award winners.

Seventh-graders Alexis Michael and Isaac King and sixth-grader Blake Neiderlander received gift cards presented by club representative William Monzo.

School directors Roxanne Sakoian Eichler and Frederick D. Miller were respectively named regular and alternate members of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit's Joint Purchasing Board for next year.

The board accepted the resignation of Christopher Liptak as middle school girls volleyball coach, and authorized the posting of his position.

The board approved Bevin Brogan of Pittsburgh as a long-term Spanish substitute for the duration of Julie Kenney's leave.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.