BCSC considering $4.7 million bond to improve energy efficiency

Bartholomew Consolidated Schools are looking at issuing a $4.7 million dollar bond to improve energy efficiency in schools throughout the district.

Brett Boezeman, director of operations for the school district, said that the annual cost savings could approach half a million dollars. He made a presentation to the school board this week.

The biggest single expense would be replacing existing lighting throughout the school district with LED lighting, at a cost of about $1.7 million dollars.

District studies show that the administration building is the least energy efficient building in the district. However it is a relatively small building, Boezeman said.

The biggest cost savings would come from tackling problems at Northside Middle School. That could include solar panels and climate controls for the school.

The bond issue will be up for a hearing at the June school board meeting.