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Yough School District enters into $1 million agreement for Act 39 projects

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Yough School Board has approved an agreement with Schneider Electric for five Act 39 (guaranteed energy savings) projects totalling just over $1 million.

In January the board approved Schneider Electric conducting a program project and providing a preliminary proposal to the district describing guaranteed energy savings projects.

The preliminary proposal, presented to the board in March, included eight energy conservation measures: Entry-way modifications, roofing replacement, lighting system improvements, mechanical equipment replacement, building automation system upgrades, building envelope improvements, power management and water conservation.

The total cost of all eight measures was $8,810,000 with a projected energy savings over 15 years of $2,145,400.

The agreement approved last week will address the entry-way modifications, lighting systems, building envelopes, power management and water conservation at a cost of $1,001,130. The three most costly measures in the preliminary proposal are not included.

The 15-year projected energy savings is $829,845 and the guaranteed energy savings is $726,116, according to the agreement.

Explaining the board's decision, business manager Mike Wrobleski said, “First and foremost we wanted to do the projects that provided the most significant payback, as that is the main purpose of executing an Act 39 project.”

He noted that the lighting system project has a 94 percent return on investment.

“Additionally, we included the entry ways because the board felt that this would be an expeditious way to handle the safety concerns around our building entrances,” he said.

He said the board has decided to do the roofs outside of the Act 39 project and the other ECMs will be addressed at a later time, either in-house or as another phase to the Act 39 project.

Wrobleski said, “In the current economic environment, the board feels it's important to prioritize facility needs while being fiscally responsible and cognizant of other needs throughout the district.”

In other business, the board accepted the retirements of the following teachers, effective at the end of the 2012-13 school year: Anthony Luciow, high school social studies; Robert Weaver, high school art; Larry Christinis, high school learning support; Peter Findrick, high school graphic arts; Nancy Smith, high school librarian; Barbara Vrable, middle school learning support; Pamela Smith, West Newton Elementary; and Beverly Tomich, H.W. Good Elementary.

The board also accepted the resignation of middle school Spanish teacher Emily Colligan, effective April 19.

William S. Zirkle is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at bzirkle@tribweb.com or 724-872-6800.

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