Gowanda discusses energy performance contract

GOWANDA – The Gowanda Central School District discussed energy efficiency at a recent Board of Education meeting. The board discussed the possibility of entering into an energy performance contract to have work done within the district.

Superintendent Charles Rinaldi discussed the option of the district entering into the contract instead of doing a capital project. The terms of the contract must be approved by New York state.

A third party would finance the project and the district would make payments over 18 years. Projects that need to be accomplished include foyers in both buildings. The lack of foyers in the buildings allows the cold air to creep in during the winter months.

“In Janice (Stokes’) case, the (building) doors are open 20 minutes sometimes,” Rinaldi said.

If the district were to pursue a capital building project for the renovations, the district would be eligible for base aid, enhancement aid and Seneca Nation building aid. Any capital project also needs a public vote whereas an energy contract does not. The district did not formally move to accept either position at the meeting.

The board also discussed the “Honorary Naming Rights Policy” and had a first reading. The policy will set a procedure for the district for individuals who want to name school property in honor of someone. According to Rinaldi, the district may also remove the name for the school reputation’s sake.

“It is a policy that will allow … a procedure for naming school property,” Rinaldi said. “I personally thing it works quite well.”

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