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Board deals with spikes in energy costs

Much discussion took place among the Pulaski County School Board members when Ronald Nichols, director of Operations, Transportation & Maintenance for the Pulaski County Public Schools, gave an update on energy consumption.
Using a slide presentation, Nichols showed charts of energy usage by each school – Critzer Elementary to the Middle Schools and Pulaski County High School. While Nichols admits that some of the equipment — as old as 30-35 years — may not be as efficient as the new ones, he says that it is not the main cause of the rising energy bill.
“The consumption of energy is about on the same level as in years past,” Nichols said. “It’s the cost of electricity that’s causing the increase.” He noted that the school system was previously paying six cents per kilowatt. “Now, it’s 10-11 cents per kilowatt. That’s almost double.”
The School Board will look further into the issue.
In another matter, the board voted to renew its lease agreement with Allen Properties regarding the 3,479 sq. ft. office space on 33 Main Street in town for another year at an annual cost of $15,655.50 plus electricity. The County will pay the rent.
Also on the agenda was a joint presentation by Director of Finance Chris Stafford and Tim Barnes, Director of Information Technology, regarding the 2009-2012 contract with copier supplier IKON, who is the school’s present supplier of copiers. No other suppliers were contacted for bids because “they were already on state contract, or another cooperative contract,” according to the Board.
The new contract with IKON will save the school system almost $6,000 over a period of 3 years with the supplier “going green” (cutting down on paper) and maintenance.

School Superintendent Don Stowers gave an update of future meetings that includes tonight’s (Oct. 20) meeting of the Education Foundation at the School Board meeting room at 6 p.m., and another on Oct. 30 covering the “End of First 9 Weeks.”

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Board deals with spikes in energy costs

Much discussion took place among the Pulaski County School Board members when Ronald Nichols, director of Operations, Transportation & Maintenance for the Pulaski County Public Schools, gave an update on energy consumption.
Using a slide presentation, Nichols showed charts of energy usage by each school – Critzer Elementary to the Middle Schools and Pulaski County High School. While Nichols admits that some of the equipment — as old as 30-35 years — may not be as efficient as the new ones, he says that it is not the main cause of the rising energy bill.
“The consumption of energy is about on the same level as in years past,” Nichols said. “It’s the cost of electricity that’s causing the increase.” He noted that the school system was previously paying six cents per kilowatt. “Now, it’s 10-11 cents per kilowatt. That’s almost double.”
The School Board will look further into the issue.
In another matter, the board voted to renew its lease agreement with Allen Properties regarding the 3,479 sq. ft. office space on 33 Main Street in town for another year at an annual cost of $15,655.50 plus electricity. The County will pay the rent.
Also on the agenda was a joint presentation by Director of Finance Chris Stafford and Tim Barnes, Director of Information Technology, regarding the 2009-2012 contract with copier supplier IKON, who is the school’s present supplier of copiers. No other suppliers were contacted for bids because “they were already on state contract, or another cooperative contract,” according to the Board.
The new contract with IKON will save the school system almost $6,000 over a period of 3 years with the supplier “going green” (cutting down on paper) and maintenance.

School Superintendent Don Stowers gave an update of future meetings that includes tonight’s (Oct. 20) meeting of the Education Foundation at the School Board meeting room at 6 p.m., and another on Oct. 30 covering the “End of First 9 Weeks.”

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