Penn-Trafford energy-conservation project put on hold

| Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, 7:04 a.m.

Penn-Trafford School District officials have decided to put a potential energy-conservation contract on the back burner temporarily while they focus on other projects, including the design of a possible renovation at the high school.

Employees from Texas-based Cenergistic, formerly known as Energy Education, told the school board during an October meeting that they estimated they could help the district save $3 million in energy costs over a 10-year period.

The firm proposed training a district employee to serve as an energy specialist to help identify the waste in the district's current energy consumption.

Cenergistic officials say there aren't any upfront costs to the district and that it wouldn't receive any fees unless Penn-Trafford saved money.

Though Superintendent Thomas Butler said this week he thinks the program is worthwhile, district officials are focusing their immediate attention on plans for a possible $30 million renovation at the high school.

Butler said the district's architect, Hank Tkacik, and new construction manager, Massaro CM Services, will attend the school board meeting on Feb. 11 to discuss the tentative timeline for a renovation project and answer any questions from the board.

Butler has said a preliminary design might be available to show to the public by the fall.

Lacrosse as

club sport

School board members are set to consider approving lacrosse as a district-recognized club sport next week.

Parents originally founded the lacrosse program as the Penn-Trafford Lacrosse Association in 2011.

The program, which is entering its second season, has about 80 children involved at the high school and through youth teams for elementary- and middle-school students.

Each of the teams will play a 12-game season, starting in March, said Rob Martin, one of the coaches

In revising the district's policy for club sports in November, the board “grandfathered” recognition for ice hockey, bowling, winter track and in-line hockey.

Recognition by the district enables the lacrosse teams to use the Penn-Trafford name, colors, logo and facilities.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400 ext. 8671 or

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