Published: March 7, 2013
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HEGINS - Tri-Valley School District will be applying for an alternative and clean energy program grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.
A special meeting was held February 27 in the high school library with representatives from E.I. Associates, the district's engineering firm to discuss the possibilities of applying for the grant.
The Alternative and Clean Energy Program provides financial assistance in the form of grant and loan funds that will be used by eligible applicants for the utilization, development and construction of alternative and clean energy products in the Commonwealth. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority.
Since the district agreed late last year to move forward with a PlanCON renovation project, E.I. Associates alerted the board to the grant which just recently became available again. The project is in the design stages for both Hegins-Hubley and Mahantongo Elementary buildings.
After much discussion and reviewing architectural drawings, the board decided to pay the $8,500 application fee for the grant and move forward with plans to install a GeoThermal heating and cooling system in both buildings.
E.I. Associates said they hope to have the entire project ready to go out on bid in October and then begin construction in December with a completion date of December, 2014.
In other business, the board retroactively approved to add Allison Mowery, nurse, to the 2012-13 substitute call listing, effective Thursday, Feb. 21.
The board approved the appointment of Shane Zellers as a volunteer baseball coach for the 2012-13 school year.