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Huntingdon School Board Approves Energy Audit

Posted 9/28/21

The Huntingdon Special School District Board of Education met in their September session last Thursday with a reasonably short agenda.

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Huntingdon School Board Approves Energy Audit

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The Huntingdon Special School District Board of Education met in their September session last Thursday with a reasonably short agenda.

After approving the consent agenda, the board heard a presentation from Jim Crone with TRANE Technologies regarding an energy performance study. During Crone’s presentation, he indicated by converting to LED lighting and upgrading HVAC units, the school system could save upwards of $62,500 on energy costs annually if they entered an energy performance contract with TRANE. Crone mentioned several school systems and cities that were doing this including the City of McKenzie. McKenzie upgraded their heating and air, converted to LED lighting and also went to LED street lights. After completing the presentation, the board approved entering into a letter to proceed with the study.

The board approved changes to policies regarding Homebound Instruction and a new Virtual Education Program. The change to the homebound instruction policy clarifies that students receiving homebound instruction may receive instruction remotely if they are quarantining due to COVID-19. The virtual education program stems from an updated state board of education regulation which differentiates between virtual schools and virtual education programs. This virtual education program only applies to homebound students. The board approved both policy changes.

The Board acknowledged the resignation of board member , Dr. Tim Tucker, who has served on the school board since 2010. Director of Schools Jonathan Kee presented Tucker with a gift. Tucker said “I appreciate the opportunity to serve on this board. I like what the board is doing and I like where the school system is going.”

Board Chairman Lee Butler, then, nominated Clay Nolen to fill the remainder of Tucker’s term. The board unanimously approved the nomination. Nolen was sworn in by Director Kee.

Chairman Butler informed the board that a new vice-chairman needed to be chosen since Tucker had filled that role prior to his resignation. Brittany Foster was nominated and approved as the new vice-chair for the school board.

The next board meeting is scheduled for October 21.

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