Board approves HVAC project – The Sabetha Herald

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

McKinley, a mechanical engineer, attended part of the meeting via Zoom to discuss the scope of the project with board members. Axtell, Sabetha High School (SHS) and Wetmore are all included in the project plan. Currently, the HVAC units on these campuses are outdated and do not properly control the outside air. Some new HVAC units will be installed and some controls will be replaced on the current units, depending on the project needs on each campus.

To cover costs, Chief Inspector 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 because the HVAC project is categorized as a capital improvement project. Evans sent project plans for each campus to the Kansas Department of Education seeking approval to use ESSER funds to update/replace the aging HVAC units.

McKinley plans to walk through SHS at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, so contractors can view the cooling systems before bidding on the project. Bids must be submitted to the BOE $113 office by Tuesday, October 12. $113 currently has a contract with Schneider Controls for system controls.

McKinley expects to start when school is out for the 2021-2022 school year on Monday, May 23, 2022. He hopes everything will be ready by Friday, August 5, 2022, before the 2022-2023 school year begins.

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