GOSHEN -- A contract outlining the $17 million building project to renovate two Goshen Community Schools buildings was unanimously approved Monday.
Board members voted 6-0 in favor of the contract with Ancon Construction Co., Inc.
Last November, voters within the Goshen Community School Corporation boundaries approved a $17.15 million construction plan, which included up to $10 million for a new pool to replace the current pools at the middle school and high school.
Site work for the projects is expected to begin in August, with most building projects taking place after the start of the district’s 2015 spring break and into the summer, said John Place of Ancon Construction.
The larger projects include a $10 million pool and training area at Goshen Middle School and expanded music facilities at Goshen High School, estimated at $1.71 million. The plans also include a $1.1 million renovation to the middle school’s cafeteria and food preparation area.
School officials said drawings showing the renovations plans will soon be available on the district’s website.
Energy program saves $2 million
An energy program implemented five years ago has saved the district nearly $2 million, according to the district’s Energy Education Specialist Judy Miller.
“Things are going really well,” Miller told the board Monday night. “…We’re almost at a $2 million savings since we started our program.”
The program includes some updated equipment, but is largely centered on teaching people in the school buildings to save electricity, she explained.
The program began during the 2009-10 school year and has saved the district $1,928,869, according to data. The savings reported to the board Monday is the difference between the expected and actual cost, Miller said. “Some of this is mechanical things we’ve changed and some of it is people’s behaviors that have changed,” said Superintendent Diane Woodworth.
Model Elementary School and the district’s administration building have the highest percentage of cost reduction at 36.2 percent and 35.8 percent, respectively. Model Elementary has saved more than $255,000 in five years and the administration building has saved about $82,800, Miller said.
Goshen High School has saved more than $548,000 and Goshen Middle School has saved more than $115,000, according to district data.
Miller praised the district for its work in reducing energy usage in all schools.
Also on Monday, the board learned the district would spend $600,203 on bus replacements in 2014, down from $921,960 last year.
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