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Oregon District 220 votes to upgrade heating, electrical systems

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The Oregon District 220 School Board unanimously voted in favor of a $6,870,951 contract with Chevron Energy Solutions to upgrade the district's heating and electronic systems.

The contract would also allow for additional security upgrades not exceeding $7,500,000. Oregon School District Superintendent Tom Mahoney explained, "The resolution approved by the school board should allow us to improve security at all of our school and allow us to improve climate controls for both heating and cooling in most of our educational facilities. This will allow for a safer and more productive environment that should result in a better overall learning atmosphere and will eventually reduce the district's energy costs."

The changes were made to accomplish the following:

  • Improve security at all schools
  • Upgrade current boilers and electrical equipment that are outside their useful life
  • Lower annual operating costs by around $10,000 with a new heating and electrical system
  • Increase instructional time with the consistent climate provided by new equipment
  • Increase possible use of buildings to support an expanded calendar or for summer school
  • Eliminate concerns over the start of the school year

To fund the project, the district plans on selling bonds, and taxpayers will see no change on their tax bills until the 2015 cycle. Then a seven year increase will occur with a $0.17 increase in the debt service levy. After those seven years, the levy would fall back to its current rate.

The projects will start after the end of the school year.

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