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Board approves $33k for new AC system

Alissa Widman Neese • Jun 11, 2014 at 11:17 PM


Perkins Schools officials continue to deal with the plight of outdated school buildings.

At a brief meeting Wednesday, the district's school board members agreed to spend nearly $33,000 in permanent improvement funds to replace the air conditioning system in the high school's band and choir room.

The system, installed in 1958, stopped working earlier this month and cannot be repaired, they said.

Board members did not take bids for the project and declared it an "urgent necessity," which state law permits, as the room will be used all summer by band students.

"We're going to run into issues like this more and more as we deal with aging buildings and aging components," district superintendent Jim Gunner said.

Three of the four board members who attended Wednesday's meeting voted in favor of granting the project to Bell Equipment and Refrigeration Service, a longtime district vendor.

Board member Michael Ahner voted against the decision because district officials didn't seek other offers. Board president Matt Kosior did not attend the meeting.

In addition, board members approved another three-year contract with Apple Inc. to purchase new technology for Meadowlawn Intermediate School staff and students, at a rate of about $194,000 a year. The district's permanent improvement fund, worth about $1 million annually, also will be used to pay for the contract.

Also at Wednesday's meeting, board members agreed to grant a 10-year, 75 percent tax abatement to Speer Bros. Inc., a local business with plans to construct a 12,000-foot building next to its current facility at 3812 Old Railroad Road.

They then approved several new hires, including:

•High school math teacher Jeff Harbal as assistant high school principal for the next three years.

•Brittany Langenfelder, a 2008 Perkins High School graduate and a recent Kent State University graduate, as the district treasurer's assistant for the next two years.

About 20 people attended the meeting, and none commented on any board business.

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