JOHNSTOWN - The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education on Tuesday approved a $60,329 project to modernize lighting at Knox Junior High School.
The board supported President Paul VanDenburgh's suggestion to approve the project after National Grid performed a free building "energy audit" of Knox Junior High School on Aug. 11.
The district hasn't decided whether to do any other building lighting projects. But officials said it was logical to start with Knox, because it is the oldest building in the district.
Officials said many of the older lights need to be replaced by more energy-efficient lighting.
District Business Manager Alice Sise told the board that National Grid will do the project if the board enters into an agreement with the utility. She said the actual cost to the school district will be $32,253. The cost to National Grid will be $28,076.
She said the expense could be recouped in about three years because of reduced energy bills. She said new lighting may save the district $12,108 per year.
The cost is being paid for through the district general fund by adding to its regular National Grid bill, by paying $1,300 extra monthly.
Sise said the district should be "proactive" in modernizing its lighting. She said district Director of Facilities and Operations Leo Loveless recommended the district "go forward" with the National Grid project.
Loveless told the board National Grid probably will subcontract the project to another firm. The work could occur over a two- to three-week period.
He said he's not sure if the lighting replacement project will be done before school starts. If it's during the school year, the work could be done during breaks.
VanDenburgh said entering into the agreement to upgrade Knox's lighting "seems like a no-brainer."
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