Efforts to incorporate energy efficient design features into the two new Bellefontaine City Schools facilities was rewarded Monday evening through the presentation of a Dayton Power & Light rebate to the district.
Ben Vollrath, Dayton Power & Light representative, right, discusses the rebate Bellefontaine City Schools earned from the company at the Monday evening board of education meeting. Also pictured are, from the left, Treasurer Keith Krieger, and members Joshua Stolly and Anne Reames. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MANDY LOEHR)
Ben Vollrath, DP&L representative, presented a check for $60,949.47 to Superintendent Beth Harman during the regular board of education meeting.
"Congratulations on this achievement and on the careful planning that was required to make this happen," he said.
The amount of the rebate was derived from the amount by which the district's new elementary and middle school exceeded federal efficiency standards, Mr. Vollrath said. The two buildings opened in the fall of 2013, and feature energy efficient HVAC and lighting systems.
The HVAC in the buildings include high efficiency natural gas boilers and chiller systems, along with ice storage for decreasing peak electrical demand. In addition, LED light fixtures are featured in the two schools, and window placement was carefully planned to maximize natural daylight.
"The school district is so pleased with the efforts our design team and architects," Mrs. Harman said. "Not only do our students and staff have a beautiful facility, they have one that is designed to keep the energy costs limited.
"A special 'thank you' goes out to the folks at DP&L for their support."
The rebate was made possible through DP&L's New Construction Rebate Program that encourages building owners to utilize energy efficiency and design strategies that surpass standard building codes. Projects must achieve annual electric savings of 5 percent or higher than a facility constructed to the standard building code.
In other meeting action, the board approved an "excellent" annual evaluation for Treasurer Keith Krieger following an executive session.
"Keith continues to provide excellent, professional service to our district," President Joan Haushalter said. "His sound financial projections, conservative fiscal leadership and high ethical standards are an invaluable resource and benefit to the board and district.
"We're fortunate to have him as a member of an outstanding administration."
Mrs. Haushalter said Mr. Krieger's contract is up for renewal, and the finalized terms of his new contract will be voted upon at an upcoming meeting.
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