By TRAVIS MORSE
MT. VERNON — —
MT. VERNON – District 80 saved $45,893 on electricity and natural gas costs this past fiscal year thanks to an ongoing energy savings program.
Superintendent Mike Green gave the District 80 Board of Education a report on the program at Wednesday's night's board meeting.
He said $30,185 was saved on electricity this past fiscal year and $15,708 was saved on natural gas. The district's fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.
“That's a nice savings,” Green said.
For roughly five years, District 80 has contracted with an independent consultant, Johnson Controls out of Charlotte, N.C., to realize these savings, said Assistant Superintendent Aletta Lawrence.
Johnson Controls works with approved energy providers in Illinois to seek out the lowest bids for District 80's energy needs and to lock in those prices.
“The contracts are modeled so that (we get) the best overall price with the least amount of risk,” Lawrence said.
Lawrence said Johnson Controls has locked in the district's electricity costs through May 2014, but that the natural gas prices for the new fiscal year have not yet been secured.
In addition Wednesday, the board approved two new hires and two resignations after an executive session.
The hires included John Smith as a K-4 special ed teacher for the cognitively disabled at the Primary Center, and Theresa Degenhart as a pre-k grant director at Hall Early Education Center. Degenhart is currently in that position. She has to be rehired annually because her position is funded by a grant.
The resignations included Samantha Evilsizer as a K-4 TMH special ed teacher at the Primary Center, and Benjamin Teriet as a custodian at Benjamin Franklin Early Education Center.
Four staff transfers were also approved following the closed session. Second grade teacher Christina Odle will now be a third grade teacher at the Primary Center. Fourth grade teacher Mike Allen will now be a fifth grade teacher at J.L. Buford Intermediate Center. Also, cook helpers Dora Bruggen and Misty Stone were moved to different buildings within the district.