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Halifax County Trustees focus on school energy costs

SoVaNow.com / August 15, 2013
Larry Roller, Maintenance Director for the Halifax County School System, is expected to give a presentation tonight to the School Board on energy consumption and cost savings.

Roller previously spoke on the subject at a late July meeting, but told trustees he would bring the issue back to them for further discussion at this meeting.

In July, Roller said he had been approached by representatives for Cenergistic, a firm with several Virginia school districts as clients, and which touts savings of up to 20 to 30 percent on school energy costs.

The company requires a four-year contract. According to Roller, they project savings for Halifax County schools of $94,950 on energy costs in the first year, after being paid $122,000 for their services.

While Roller previously reported the offer to trustees, he also brought forth an alternate proposal — for his department to hire a full-time energy manager who would check daily on energy use, cutting off lights and air conditioning when facilities are not in use.

“I just hate to see the school system pay $122,400 to an outside firm when we could hire an energy manager for $40,000 plus benefits and do the same thing,” he told trustees.

At tonight’s meeting, Finance Director Jay Camp will also advise trustees about plans to purchase surplus equipment — three Crown Victoria police cruisers and one Chevrolet Impala plus a radar gun from the Town of Halifax.

School Board chairman Kim Farson is expected to recognize donors who have provided back to school donations to numerous students and ED-6 trustee Fay Satterfield will report on a recent Virginia School Board Association Conference which she attended.

School Superintendent Dr. Merle Herndon will report to the board on a tutoring pilot grant and also update them on the compensation study committee’s work.

The board’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the second floor meeting room of the Mary Bethune Complex.

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