Sara Swanson

School District takes out $3.1 million energy efficiency improvements loan

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In addition to the new building configuration, at the Tuesday night special school board meeting, the school board voted to take out a $3.1 million government loan at 1.25% with 15-year financing to upgrade the district’s energy efficiency. The district applied for the Qualified Zone Academy Bond through the U.S.Department of Education just before Christmas and was one of the last schools to receive approval as the program is being discontinued.

If all goes according to plan, the upgrades will begin this spring and be completed by September or October next fall. Improvements include both interior and exterior LED lighting, high efficiency boilers and tankless water heaters for Klager and the high school, direct digital controls for all buildings, weather stripping, and the installation of solar panels, among other things. The school is contracting with an outside company to complete the work. The company is currently working with Onsted Schools on an identical project.

This vote also passed unanimously.

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