During its meeting on Monday evening, the Alliance School Board discussed the status of the Grandview HVAC Project, with the new engineer submitting initial drawings for review.
Superintendent Dr. Troy Unzicker explained during his report that he met with the new engineers from Engineering Technologies, Inc. to discuss the status of the project.
“The engineers for the Grandview project were in town, and I’m pleased to report that, so far, I’m thrilled with what they’re doing,” said Unzicker. “I actually have the initial set of drawings in my office.”
Unzicker reported that the project is moving along smoothly, noting that the final drawings will be completed soon.
“We are on schedule to have the finalized drawings here within the next couple of weeks. Right now, the plan is to open bids on, I believe, March 21. If that happens, we may run a special meeting that last week of March just to approve the contractor so we can keep things rolling,” Unzicker said.
The initial plan allows for five rooftop units to be installed, rooms with individual controls and two new boilers to replace the old one.
“The boilers would be a portion of the heat, and they would also be capable of providing full heat in a pinch if we had all five rooftop units go down, which is highly unlikely,” said Unzicker.
Also during the meeting, the school board voted to purchase new printers and copiers for the district at the total cost of $80,716.76.
“I believe it was three years ago, we bought five different machines, which were basically the main machines in each building for the copiers and printers,” Unzicker said.
Unzicker explained the new printers and copiers would have a feature to help the district cut down on wasted paper, leading to a cost savings.
“We have a thing called Paper Cut now,” said Unzicker. “We go through a lot of wasted paper because people will run prints and forget and print it again. At the high school, we get a lot of cases where the kids will print and it goes down to the library printer, and, by the end of the day, we have a stack of prints that nobody claims, and it ends up just getting recycled.
“With Paper Cut, it puts a code on there, so if I’m up in English in the high school and I have to print a paper, it doesn’t actually print. To print it, I need to walk down to the printer punch in my code, put in my number, then it will print my print job. It shows all of your print jobs and asks which ones you want to print, or if you want to print them all, that way you only print out what you actually need. So, it should be a savings.”
The bid from Century Business Products covers the replacement of all of the districts copiers, excluding the five newer copiers Unzicker mentioned before.
Unzicker said they had discussed the option to lease the machines, but noted it would have been more expensive, totaling more than $100,000 over the course of five years. The $80,716.76 also includes the cost for service, Unzicker noted, as well as the new Paper Cut system.
Unzicker said the reason the district wants to replace the machines is that the printers and copiers used in the district are aging.
“Many of our machines are no longer serviceable; they’re old, out of date, and you can’t get parts for them. This replaces everything except for the five we bought before—those are still in good service,” said Unzicker.
The board voted unanimously to approve the purchase of the machines.