Monitoring usage saves big money for school district over time
By Sam Shawver
Special to the Times
More than $973,000 has been saved over the last six years, thanks to better monitoring of energy usage throughout the Marietta City school district.
Chad Rinard, Marietta High principal and energy education specialist, provided a brief report on the energy savings during Monday’s board of education meeting.
He noted the district began tracking energy costs with a software-based program during the 2009-2010 school year, and that effort has paid off.
“When we first started we had (heating and cooling) equipment running 24/7,” Rinard told the board members.
By monitoring district facilities to determine when they are occupied and when they are not occupied, it was possible to cut back on the costly continual operation of heating and air conditioning equipment. District staff members were also asked to conserve energy usage.
As energy education specialist, Rinard continues to keep tabs on energy usage in district buildings, in addition to tracking natural gas and electricity bills.
In other business, district treasurer Frank Antill reported a 5 percent reduction in the monthly premium rate for the district’s self-funded health insurance program.
The board approved continuance of the Anthem Blue Cross-Blue Shield Health Insurance plan that costs $9,174.72 per year for a single plan and $21,908.88 per year for a family plan. Employees pay 15 percent of the health insurance premium.
Finally on Monday, the passing of Dave Davis, longtime facilities, transportation and safety director for Marietta City Schools, was marked with a note of sadness.
Davis, 66, died Saturday following surgery at Riverside Hospital in Columbus, according to his obituary.
Davis retired in 2016 after 32 years with the school district. He began his service as transportation director in 1984.
“He will be missed. He was a good guy. I had the opportunity to work with him for several years,” said board president Bill Hutchinson.
A funeral services for Davis will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption in Marietta.
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