By Sarah Thomas
The Reynoldsburg school district will expand its LED lighting project across the district for an additional $4.1 million.
On Oct. 18, the school board contracted with Dynamix Energy Services to address heating and cooling issues in several buildings in the district, an $11.3 million plan, with the option to upgrade the plan in the future.
The updated contract will provide interior and exterior LED lighting upgrades for all 14 buildings, LED lighting for the high school football field, and HVAC system replacement for the fieldhouse areas for an additional $4.1 million.
Garry Montgomery, president of Dynamix, said the district will be able to set the color of an LED light to match natural sunlight, which has proven to help learning. These LED lights also have a 20-year life span, which will cut down on maintenance and repair costs.
“LED is the future,” Montgomery said.
Reynoldsburg Schools Treasurer Tammy Miller said the guaranteed energy savings is now $412,699 per year.
It will take 12 to 18 months for the LED lighting to be in effect across the district.
Farewells to Truex and Tornero
Dec. 19 was the last board meeting for Board Vice President Rob Truex and board member Elaine Tornero. Truex served for two years and Tornero for eight.
Tornero did not attend the meeting, but board members thanked her for her service.
“While we didn’t always agree, I appreciate her advocacy for her viewpoint,” said Board President Joe Begeny.
Board members Debbie Dunlap and Neal Whitman expressed their gratitude for Truex and his commitment to the school district. Dunlap shared how she didn’t know Truex well at first, but he became a good friend.
Truex offered advice for the new members who will join the board in January.
“Learn first and then speak,” Truex said.
The board’s 2018 organizational meeting will be Jan. 8 at 5 p.m. and will include new board members Jeni Quesenberry and Rob Barga.