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DuBois School Board hears presentation on contract
Saturday, June 15, 2013
By Ian Erickson Staff Writer
DUBOIS - At Thursday night's DuBois Area School Board work session, the board heard a presentation on the district's contract status with Siemens Industry Inc.'s Building Technologies Division. Stephen Campbell of Siemens read and explained a Power-Point with numerous details about the contract.
It said the technologies division includes security, fire safety, building automation, electrical installation, energy efficiency and total building solutions.
The presentation noted some of the challenges facing the district, which include resource constraints such as reduction of workers or reduced capital budget; aging infrastructure such as equipment that cannot be replaced, which would lead to postponing maintenance and poor energy efficiency of equipment; and sustainability with goals and mandates.FPRBEAK
Campbell said that Siemens has worked with the district for a number of years, and has done two phases since 1997 under the performance services agreement.
Since 1997, working with Siemens has led the district to $2,866,081 in operational savings, $2,628,337 in energy savings and $2,529,447 in capital needs addressed; capital needs include lighting upgrades, security system, water conservation, etc.
The PowerPoint noted that service items in the contract include repair service, system back up and staff training/operator coaching.
Campbell told the board that Siemens is looking at starting the next phase of the contract, and would like to have a few additions to the current one. Additions would include security inspection, technology refresh/improvements, annual energy check up, creating an energy savings account, and chiller maintenance/cooling tower maintenance.
Agreements between Siemens and the district are five-year agreements, with one-year contracts. The current contract is $157,597 and the new proposed contract would be $158,652.
Sam Armagost, maintenance and custodial supervisor, was also at the meeting to explain how Siemens helps the district, and he gave examples and answered questions the board members had.
Armagost noted that Siemens works with most schools in the district, but not all. The board mentioned to Campbell about possibly adding those schools to the contract.
In other business:
l Superintendent Tim Deluc-cia recognized Grace Turner, who participated in the 2012-13 National PTA Reflections Program and placed at the Region 6 level; this region includes 16 PTAs in nearby counties. Turner told the board she did a video project, and will be in eighth grade next school year. Deluccia presented her with a certificate for her accomplishment.
l an executive session was held prior to the meeting to discuss personnel issues and consult with the solicitor. And, an informative executive session was to be held following the meeting.
The next regular board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the administrative building.
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