Officials in the South-Western City Schools District plan to take advantage of the Ohio School Facilities Commission energy conservation program.
The program allows school districts to borrow funds to make energy efficient building improvements without going to the voters for a bond issue.
At the Sept. 27 board of education meeting, Mark Waller, property services coordinator, said the district can save money by replacing aging boilers, chillers and lighting. The replacement project budget is estimated at $6.5 million.
Waller said boilers need to be replaced at Buckeye Woods and Darby Woods elementary, Brookpark, Finland and Norton middle, and Franklin Heights, Grove City and Westland.
"The smart money is to replace them," said Waller, instead of fixing them.
He explained the district could save about $20,000 by replacing the existing boilers.
Waller reported the chillers at Grove City and Westland should be replaced. The chillers are more than 25 years old and have exceeded their life cycle.
"Replacing them would mean a more comfortable learning environment for the students," said Waller.
Lighting upgrades are also needed at all intermediate, middle and high schools as well as Buckeye Woods and Darby Woods elementaries. Waller said the district could save approximately $65,000 with lighting upgrades.
Waller said the district could save $1.4 million with the energy conservation efforts.
District Treasurer Hugh Garside said the district would submit an application to the Ohio School Facilities Commission for funding in the energy conservation program.