Tri States Public Radio Staff
Thu July 2, 2009
Central Lee Schools Adding Geothermal
Donnellson, IA – The Central Lee School District will add a new heating/cooling system to one of its buildings.
Superintendent John Henriksen says Brockway Mechanical (Burlington, IA) has been hired to add a geothermal system to the district's K-8 building. He says the $1.3-million project could get underway in a matter of weeks.
Henriksen says Central Lee High School already utilizes a geothermal system. He says the district has seen a substantial savings in electricity and heating fuel.
Henriksen says work should take place through this fall and the spring of 2010. He says the geothermal system could be operational by the start of the 2010-2011 school year.
The Central Lee School District will use sales tax revenues to cover the cost of the project. The bid for the project came in about $100,000 less than engineering estimates.
Henriksen says Central Lee also plans to use sales tax revenue to start purchasing lap-top computers for faculty and for high school students.
Revenue Purpose Statement
Meanwhile, Central Lee residents will be asked, this September, to approve the district's new plan for using sales tax revenues. The measure must be approved by voters to allow the district to gain the full benefits of the state-wide sales tax for education.