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Green district focusing on energy savings

5/1/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

GREEN — Green Local Schools can save about $2.3 million in energy costs over a 15-year period if it makes a number of changes to lighting and mechanical systems, according to Brian Scott, of CCG Energy Solutions Inc.

At the April 28 Board of Education meeting, Scott explained the energy savings program is totally funded through Ohio House Bill 264, which was approved in 1985. The program, administered through the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission, uses projected energy savings to fund capital improvements on energy conservation measures, he said.

“You have done a great job on efficiency, so it was hard to find a lot of savings,” said Scott.

The capital improvements suggested after a review of the district’s buildings was completed include lighting upgrades in all buildings and mechanical upgrades and building automation features at the high school.

“These projects really do work,” said Scott.

Scott told district officials the environmental impact of these measures is equal to taking 135 cars off the road or saving 37,849 trees.

After some discussion, the board authorized CCG Energy Solutions to submit to the Ohio School Facilities Commission on the school district’s behalf a request to participate in the school energy conservation financing program.

District officials also discussed Issue No. 3, a five-year, $4.1 million emergency levy on the May 6 Primary Election ballot. The issue, first approved in 1995, is not a tax increase, according to district officials. The revenue would maintain programs and services in the district, according to Communications Director Julie McMahon.

McMahon said historically, voter turnout has been low for such requests.

“There is a sense of urgency before it becomes an emergency, and we are asking people to get out and vote,” she added.

In other business, the board approved:

  • the use of June 6 as one calamity day makeup and the use of Blizzard Bags for three other days.
  • the acceptance of a donation of $5,000 from Park Auto Group for the Top 25 dinner at Green High School; and
  • the “loss” of $33,434 for Chapel Hill Christian School on East Turkeyfoot Lake Road. Treasurer Eydie Snowberger explained that, according to state law, the school must funnel its loss of auxiliary items as it prepares to move to a new school building under construction at 1639 Killian Road in Springfield in the fall through the Green School District.

The board also approved a number of personnel items, including:

√ in “continuing efforts to reorganize and/or consolidate administrative functions,” the elimination of the director of learning and teaching position and the suspension of a contract for Kimberly Brueck, effective July 31, and the creation of the position of director of technology and secondary curriculum and hiring Brueck for that position;

√ numerous one-, two- and three-year and continuing contract renewals for certified and classified personnel at various buildings, including three-year contracts for Cindy Brown as high school principal and Ryan Kumpf as Green Intermediate assistant principal;

√ the retirements of Gail Tropea-Enos as intervention coordinator, effective May 31, and Shari Moseley as family consumer science teacher, effective May 30;

√ the resignations of intervention specialists Mandy Miller and Dennis Robart, both effective June 30;

√ the employment of Asia Mason and John Berry as home instructors, retroactive to April 10 and 17, respectively; and

√ the supplemental contract resignations of Joseph Anderson as high school athletic manager and Khatuna Gviniashvili as high school head gymnastics coach, and the employment of Josh Taylor as high school athletic manager and Tinatin Gviniashvili as high school head gymnastics coach.

Also at the meeting, the board recognized the following students of the month: Katie Cole from Greenwood Early Learning Center, Emma Kaluger from Green Primary School, Garret Chiofolo from Green Intermediate School, Breana Burkhart from Green Middle School and Victoria Kelly and Zachary Schreckenberger from Green High School.

The board adjourned into executive session to discuss personnel items, and no action was taken after the meeting.

The next board meeting will be May 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers of the Green Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd.

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