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Blue Earth Area plans upgrades

August 14, 2012
Fairmont Sentinel

BLUE EARTH - Blue Earth Area School Board has set a Sept. 24 work session for goal-setting on heating, ventilation and air-conditioning at the middle and elementary school.

Ryan Hoffman of ICS Consulting Inc., which is coordinating the construction schedule for the upgrades, said his firm still plans to bid the contract in two phases over two summers.

But the contractors are interested in more work.

"Working through the winter would be a major help to them," Hoffman said.

He and the school board discussed how classrooms could be moved around during construction that happens during the school year.

"Do noisy stuff over the weekend and get back to quiet stuff on Monday," said board member Vickie Hanson.

Hoffman would like a bid date of Oct. 30.

The board also asked why he wants to change the cooling system from a chiller to direct expansion (DX).

"DX is like your home air-conditioner," Hoffman said. "A chiller is cold water with air blown over it to cool air, like a boiler."

To install a chiller system, pipes would have to be run all through the buildings, he said. Cost of the two systems is about the same, but "the DX is a lot less work to install," Hoffman said.

In other business, the school board:

o Set the Truth-in-Taxation hearing for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10.

o Approved revisions in the crisis procedures manual, with one big change. If the school is in a lockdown, police will go room to room to clear them.

o Rich Schneider, high school principal, reported there are 21 new students, with only eight lost. There are nine foreign exchange students. The high school has 387 enrolled, with 99 seniors.

 
 

 

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