The Aberdeen Public Board of Education has saved more than $500,000 in energy costs over the past 10 years, thanks to facility improvements made in elementary schools throughout Aberdeen, a Johnson Controls engineer said during the board meeting on Monday.
Michael Mourer, an engineer representing Johnson Controls, said that the five elementary schools in Aberdeen saved a total of $521,532 in energy costs during the 10-year contract. This exceeded the minimum guarantee of $384,104, he said.
The performance contract with the elementary schools ended Jan. 31, Mourer said. Johnson Controls will be responsible for maintenance and warranties for the new equipment, but there will no longer be a minimum guarantee.
Central High School is in year three of its 10-year performance contract with Johnson Controls, Mourer said. The school has saved $192,433 thus far; the minimum guarantee for three years is $120,600.
An energy performance contract is an agreement between a contracting company and an energy consumer. The consumer pays the initial cost of the equipment upgrades up front and receives a guarantee from the contract that it will save a minimum amount of money in energy costs as a result of the improvements, Mourer said.
Grant: Simmons Elementary was approved for an ingenuity grant of $9,800 by 3M, said Principal Camille Kaul.
Kaul said the application was submitted last fall, but she had just received a notice of approval. The requirements for the grant were to create a project that incorporated math, science and technology that spanned multiple grades, she said.
Kaul said the project will be a year-long activity that will teach children about cell structures, photosynthesis, and animal life-cycles, among other topics. The lessons will incorporate digital microscopes, which will be purchased with the grant money, she said.
Consent agenda: Approval of bills; approval of personnel movements certified/co-curricular. Personnel movements - John Vogel was hired as a social teacher at CHS for 2012-13. Connie Deibert and Sue Gapp switched coaching roles on the middle school volleyball team. Deibert resigned as the head coach and became the assistant coach; Gapp is now the head coach. Tevan Wenbourne resigned as the freshman volleyball coach to become the assistant varsity volleyball coach.
SkillsUSA winners: Wayne Hansen informed the board of the accomplishments made by Hub Area Technical School students at the State SkillsUSA Competition in Mitchell on April 13.
The team of Allison Berg and Chase Roesch earned gold in video product development. Jake Portra and Austin Gross earned silver in TV production and automotive student Noel Lerew was elected SkillsUSA state president for the 2012-13 school year.