BVA set to reap $4M Chevron windfall
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.