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September 13, 2013

Southeastern to accept proposals for energy upgrades

Contract could save schools $90,000 annually.

WALTON — After a presentation at the school board meeting this week, board members approved a request for proposals regarding possible energy-saving solutions for the Southeastern School Corp.

Tony Kuykendall and Pete Beiriger, two representatives of Performance Services, told the school board of possible energy savings in a presentation. Both Kuykendall and Beiriger have visited the school corporation to see what could be done.

“We’ve been here a lot and looked at what we can do to save energy and bring items up to speed,” Kuykendall said.

The existing boilers at the high school are almost 50 years old and are not energy efficient, Kuykendall said. He said the boiler also has to run in the summer to heat the swimming pool.

They also looked at the possibility of getting air into some of the gyms and fixing small things like any stained or rusted ceiling tiles.

After looking at all schools within the corporation, Kuykendall estimated $90,000 could be saved at the school annually with upgrades.

Kuykendall said they will now work on proposals to submit to the corporation. The company has a guaranteed energy-savings contract, which means the performance services has to meet guaranteed savings benchmarks. The contract would provide single-source accountability, guarantee performance and prevent change orders.

Performance Sources has completed 180 projects, 95 percent of them with Indiana public schools. If work is done on the schools, it would take place during the summer break of 2014.

Now that the board made a decision to request proposals, Kuykendall said they will work on and then submit a proposal. Then a committee will review all proposals received and make a decision whether to move forward.

Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or amie.sites@pharostribune.com.

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