Fox Point-Bayside district invests in second round of school energy projects

March 19, 2014

Fox Point — The Fox Point-Bayside School Board on Tuesday night unanimously approved exceeding the district's revenue limit by $399,518 for energy efficiency investments.

The money will be used for a second group of projects from a $1.75 million package of facility investments presented to the district by Johnson Controls two years ago.

District officials estimated the expenditures would add 28 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation to tax bills, or $56 on a home assessed at $200,000.

"This makes a lot of sense," said board member Mike Weidner. "Besides being more energy-efficient, it's going to make the buildings more comfortable for students, faculty and staff."

Improvements will include heating ventilator replacements at Stormonth Elementary and Bayside Middle School, and upgraded hot water pumps at both schools.

"A lot of this equipment is old and may fail at any time," said board member Timothy Welchert, adding that replacing it this year avoids the possibility of unexpected breakdowns.

Board President Alice Lawton was especially pleased by the scheduled work at the middle school, where she said "the fifth-grade wing has been notoriously problematic."

The district estimates total savings from the improvements at $472,502 over an 18-year period.

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