SWEPCO representatives presented the check at the board's Dec. 11 meeting. The company said the new controls on the HVAC system, installed under an agreement between the school and Ideal Impact, will provide "significant savings" for GISD monetarily and that SWEPCO has "energy efficiency plans."
"It's not us giving you money--it's you utilizing your money," a SWECO representative told the board. Initial Impact receives the same amount from SWEPCO as the school.
During a recess in last week's meeting, School Superintendent Rick Albritton said the board had entered into an energy management contract with Ideal Impact to install equipment which replaced and updated all controllers on the hearing and air conditioning systems, and to provide related software.
Whereas the school regulated zones before, each individual unit is now regulated, keeping humidity low, and "we balance our electrical load through the day," thus lowering the school's energy costs, said Albritton.
When someone participates in this type of program, SWEPCO gives an "incentive to participate" in them, the superintendent added.
In other business last week, the board gave final approval to a Texas Association of School Board policy update which Albritton said resulted from actions by the state legislature.
In other business last week, the board recognized Mylah Childress-Cain for being the Gilmer High School Buckeye Band's first featured twirler in years, and first-year teacher Courtney Matulis for being named the state's "Clinical Intern of the Year" for instructing at LeTourneau University.