T-V approved for participation in program


NEW MADISON – The Tri-VillageLocal School District has chosen to participate in a program designed to achieve significant energy savings.

The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) has given its approval to a proposal from the district that is expected to achieve$48,543 in annual energy and operational savings for the school system. The project will be completed under the Commission’s School Energy Conservation program, more commonly known as the H.B. 264 program. The project includesretrofitting interior and exterior lighting, replacing controls, installing advanced temperature controls on walk-in refrigerator and freezer units, installing dynamic air filtration system, and repairing the high school gym exhaust fans.

Superintendent Josh Sagester is excited about the upgrades that will be implemented to the Tri-Village Local School District facility as a result of the H.B. 264 program. This project is necessary to decrease our energy consumption while improving our facility for our students, staff and stakeholders.

OFCC Interim Executive Director David Chovan said, “The H.B. 264 program makes it possible for Ohio school districts to take on projects that reduce their energy consumption. The $48,543 in annual savings realized will allow the Tri-Village Local School District to upgrade their facilities and become more energy efficient. Furthermore, the energy savings will cover the cost of the financing used to fund the projects.”

The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC), formed in September 2012, consolidated the operations of the former State Architect’s Office and the Ohio School Facilities Commission. OFCC is responsible for guiding capital projects for state agencies, state-supported universities and community colleges, including Ohio’s comprehensive public K-12 school construction and renovation program.

As of Jan. 1, 2014, through its K-12 public education component, the commission had opened 1,076 new or renovated buildings and had completely addressed the facilities needs of 257 districts across the state.

Authorized by the Ohio General Assembly in 1986, the School Energy Conservation program permits school districts to perform building and equipment improvements and upgrades financed by the anticipated savings from the energy improvements instead of traditional bonded debt. State law requires that the project pay for itself within 15 years from energy or operational savings. OFCC is required to provide technical review of the project prior to its award and to review annual reports submitted by the districts to ensure that anticipated savings are being achieved.

Through Dec. 31, 2013, the program has averaged 44 projects per year across the state of Ohio, with an annual investment of $58 million.