Board approves HVAC project

During the Prairie Hills USD No. 113 Board of Education meeting on Monday, Sept. 13, the board members approved the Scott McKinley HVAC project using ESSER funds.

McKinley, a mechanical engineer, was present for part of the meeting via Zoom to review the scope of the project with the board members. Axtell, Sabetha High School (SHS) and Wetmore are all included in the project plan. Currently, the HVAC units at these campuses are outdated and aren’t regulating outside, fresh air very well. Some new HVAC units will be installed and some controls will be replaced on the current units, depending on the project needs at each campus.

In order to cover the expenses, Superintendent Todd Evans plans to use ESSER II and/or III (CARES Act) funds while the funds are still available. USD 113 is eligible to use these federal funds due to the HVAC project being categorized as a capital improvement project. Evans sent out letters outlining the project plans for each campus to the Kansas Department of Education in order to receive approval to use ESSER money to update/replace the outdated HVAC units.

McKinley plans to walk through SHS at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, to allow contractors to look over the cooling systems before sending out a bid for the project. Bids are due at the USD 113 BOE office on Tuesday, Oct. 12. USD 113 currently has a contract with Schneider Controls for system controls.

McKinley is expecting to begin when school is out for the 2021-22 school year on Monday, May 23, 2022. He hopes for everything to be completed by Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, before the 2022-23 school year starts.

Erin Herrmann99 Posts

Erin Herrmann is a reporter at The Sabetha Herald. She specializes in school board reporting, features and advertising design.

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