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BVA set to reap $4M Chevron windfall

| Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, 11:19 p.m.

Building improvements worth more than $4 million that are a part of an energy savings contract with Chevron are nearing completion in the Belle Vernon School District.

But the district could see some additional benefits even sooner if it earns grants for the work.

The program, which comes at no cost to taxpayers, will provide numerous energy savings to the district, which, in turn, pays for the program.

Richard Bender, construction manager for Chevron, updated the work, which he said is 92 percent complete.

The only remaining work includes installation of sensors that will turn off lights in rooms when the room is not occupied.

In addition, LED lighting is being installed at 168 outdoor fixtures around district buildings.

A major part of the project involved installation of new roofs on all of the district's school buildings. That work has been completed, Bender said.

The work is likely to be completed Oct. 18, well ahead of the Dec. 6 initial target date.

Once the lighting is complete, Chevron will apply for various state and local grants on behalf of the district. The state grants could reimburse the district up to 30 percent of that part of the contract, as much as $70,000, Bender said.

Bender said Chevron chose LED lighting because it was aware that grants were available for installation of such technology.

Bender said the roofs have a 30-year warranty. The LED lighting involves 40,000 hour bulbs.

In a separate project, the board approved a contract for $147,600 with G&W Roofing and Construction of Eighty Four, Pa. to repair the roof on the multiplex building. That structure involves the wrestling room, weight room, showers, lockers and a bus garage facility.

In personnel moves, the board changed the status of Kimberly Hinerman, from part-time to full-time instructional aide at a hourly rate of $16.65 an hour.

In addition, the directors hired:

• Christopher Chatham as a long-term substitute for the high school mathematics teacher Jamie Brooks, who will be on an educational sabbatical.

• Mecinda Columbus as a part-time instructional aide in the Rostraver elementary School at a rate of $14.80 an hour.

• Linda Baker as a part-time instructional aide in the Rostraver elementary School at the rate of $14.80 an hour

• Tina Susick a.s a part-time instructional aide in the Belle Vernon Middle School emotional support classroom at the rate of $14.80 an hour.

• Lorrie Massey as a part-time instructional aide in the Marion Elementary School autistic support classroom at the rate of $14.80 an hour.

• Deana Cline as a part-time English as a second language teacher at a rate of $23,900 for the school year.

• Constance O'Connor as a part-time social worker at the rate of $23,900.

• David Widner and Larry Pike as custodians at the rate of $11.75 an hour.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or