schools look for energy savings
-- A program of energy-saving improvements to city schools will start
this summer, according to school officials.
The Board of Education still needs to vote to approve the program. The details are laid out in a consultant's report that the board accepted in March.
Board Administrator Bryce Kell said the cost would run between $4 million and $5 million. The funding would come from a bond.
That bonding cost, in turn, would be recovered through reduced energy costs over a period of year. How long the bond's term will be is one unsettled detail.
Johnson Controls Inc., which produced the study, would guarantee the savings, according to a report from district Facilities Supervisor Ryan Cruzan. Garrison Architects of Marlton is the architect for the work.
The initiative is based on a 2009 New Jersey Law establishing the Energy Savings Improvement Program, or ESIP, for government entities.
The district's ESIP projects for the summer include replacing boilers at Millville Senior High School, Memorial High School, Rieck Avenue Elementary School and Mount Pleasant Elementary Schools.
Building-wide lighting systems would be retrofitted at the senior high, junior high, Lakeside Middle School, Rieck Avenue, Holly Heights Elementary School, Silver Run Elementary School, R.M. Bacon Elementary School, R.D. Wood Elementary School, Mount Pleasant and the Child Family center.
In addition, air-handling units would be replaced at the senior high and Rieck Avenue.
The work at Rieck
Avenue would complete a program to air condition classrooms.