Lisbon board agrees to upgrade HVAC for middle/high school

LISBON –Middle and high school students and teachers should feel a bit more comfortable in the classroom this fall because of action taken at this week’s school board meeting.

The board agreed to contract with Gardiner to upgrade the middle/high school’s HVAC system for $109,350 to better control the complex’s healing and cooling.

Most of the system is 26 years old, and the district has been having trouble in recent years controlling the heating and cooling at the school. This resulted in significant temperature variances in classroom, and the energy inefficiency is also costing the district money.

Earlier in the year, school Superintendent Joseph Siefke contacted Gardiner, which manages the school’s HVAC systems. The company determined temperature equalization problem could be fixed for $176,000, but Siefke said this included replacing the roof units, the boiler and chiller systems, as well as the venilator units in each classroom.

Taken aback by the cost, Siefke and his maintenance supervisor met with Gardiner and concluded the problem could be resolved if they replaced the classroom venilator units. They agreed roof units and boiler and chiller systems were in good enough shape that its replacement could wait.

In another capital improvement expenditure, the board hired the Ohio Floor Co. to refurbish the main gym floor at the high school for $20,900 and the auxiliary gym for $2,844. Siefke said it has been 15 years since anything was done to the floors.

“It was time to give it a facelift,” he said.

The plan is to have the work completed by the time of the all-school reunion July 4th weekend so alumni can view it when touring the school.

School Treasurer Vickie Browning-Prowitt reported on the five-year forecast that all treasurers are required by the state to issue every May and October. The district is expected to end the current school year with a $3.69 million balance, a $36,000 increase.

Browning-Prowitt said since Lisbon is a “capped” district, any increase in state funding in the upcoming school year cannot exceed 3 percent. Meanwhile, property tax revenue actually declined by $14,000, to $1.4 million, which is what they received in in the 2015-16 school year.

“Hopefully, when the (state) budget is finalized October will look better,” she said.

On the brighter side, Browning-Prowitt reported employee health insurance premiums will increase only 6 percent this year, which is considerably less than the 16 percent increase experienced the year before. District employees pay 12 percent of their monthly premiums.

The board also renewed its contracts with OME-RESA, a regional non-profit that provide various IT and cooperative purchasing services to school districts in 10 counties in eastern Ohio. The firm will be paid $79,000 to provide these services, plus another $29,280 for internet access and a $2,440 monthly internet service fee.

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