USD 410 board changes supplier for heating and air conditioning

USD 410 Board of Education members voted Monday to change from Trane to Lennox for heating and air conditioning systems in the district?s facilities.

Superintendent Doug Huxman said the district will send out for bids to purchase and install the climate-control technology.

The board also approved the reheating units at $12,200 that were eliminated in December to save costs.

?Everyone says we need to put them back in,? Huxman said.

Both votes followed a presentation about computerized temperature control systems by Ben Trout, president of EPM, a regional engineering and manufacturing group that specializes in such systems.

?I?m not here to sell,? Trout said. ?I?m here to explain.?

He said such systems are designed to re-establish operating efficiency and comfort intended by those who designed buildings.

In his update about the facility construction projects, Huxman said the electricity would turnover the weekend of Feb. 22.

He said traffic flow during construction at Hillsboro Elementary School has raised safety concerns. Consequently, signs will be posted for traffic to travel one way until construction is completed.

Jerry Hinerman, USD 410 business manager, reviewed projections of declining enrollment for the next three years based on current enrollment.

In response, board president Rod Koons asked, ?How do we take a pro-active approach to this? We need to move ahead… with the least negative impact.

In other business, the board:

n approved a five-year cooperative agreement with Newton USD 373 for vocational education for students from USD 410. Currently seven students from Hillsboro High School students attend.

?It?s a very good program,? said Dale Honeck, HHS principal. ?They run it first class.?

n approved extending contracts for the 2009-10 school year to building administrators Evan Yoder at HES and Greg Brown at Hillsboro Middle School.

n met in executive session to discuss matters related to employer/employee negotiations.

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