Board bids out boilerReplacement should be done by end of August
BRIGHTON — The Washington School Board voted to move forward with getting bids for a new boiler at the high school.
The boiler has been a topic at the meetings for a while, board member Eric Turner said. He said the board had also spoken with several parent groups about how they should proceed, and the boiler seemed to be the best direction.
Superintendent Dr. Mike Jorgensen said he discussed with Farris Engineering of Urbandale about drawing up the blueprints for the boiler at a cost of $16,500.
“If you want to get this done, hopefully by the end of August, we should approve this tonight,” Washington School District superintendent Dr. Mike Jorgensen said.
Board member Heidi Vittetoe asked how the new boiler would compare to the middle school one.
“It’s almost identical,” Jorgensen said. “For the current high school it would be smaller than what we had at the 1918 building.”
The new boiler at the high school is anticipated to be less than the $250,000 the district has budgeted, Jorgensen said.
Vittetoe asked Jorgensen if the services would include the controls in the room and if they were adequate.
“No, it does not,” Jorgensen said. “I believe they’re all right.”
The high school was originally a two-boiler system but one has already been removed, Jorgensen said.
Ericka Raber asked if another motion would be needed to start the bidding process. Jorgensen said no. The district would need to send bids out.
There was a discussion about the efficiency of a boiler system.
Previously the district had considered having a bond vote on installing a geo-thermal energy system instead of the boiler. The board decided not to go forward with the bond issue because of lack of support from community members.
“Well, actually, in the energy comparisons it would be kind of
hard to go ‘that’s a bad idea,’ ” Vittetoe said.
At last month’s board meeting Vittetoe said she would like the board to move forward with a boiler as reported in the March 14 edition of The Journal. She also said that if the boiler went down while the students were in school there would be drama.
“We should get the boiler taken care of and everyone should be satisfied,” Turner said.
Other items covered at the board meeting included:
the renewal for the instructional support levy;
the approval of giving the Washington High School’s garden club for $500 each year for the garden;
the approval of co-curricular and extra-curricular facility use guidelines;
and approval of submitting the school start date waiver request to the Iowa Board of Education.
The next school board meeting is scheduled for May 8, 2013, at Stewart Elementary at 7 p.m.