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Washington School District Considers Options on Boiler

Posted: Thursday, December 20th, 2012 at 6:21 am
Author: KCII News-Zach ULin

Following its last inspection, Washington School District administrators were informed that the boiler at the former Junior High complex has no more life left and it would not pass another annual inspection. With that information the Washington School Board’s discussion at Wednesday night’s meeting centered around a plan for improvements to the system. Several options were talked about including a full geothermal overhaul with improvements to ceilings, windows and lights to make the building more efficient. The total cost of the geothermal overhaul is estimated at around $2.5 million. The board also discussed replacing the boiler and making the proposed improvements to the ceilings, windows and lights in the facility. Due to current school budget the opinion of the board was that if a boiler would have to paid for with school funds they would have to make concessions over the next year including not getting a new school bus or technology. If the board were to pursue a new boiler and the other efficiency improvements they would like to do so with a bond issue estimated at around $900,000, which could be seen in a June vote. No final decisions or action was taken at last night’s meeting but the board is planning to take action on the topic in January.