The Marlboro School District Facilities Committee, along with guidance from CS Arch who is implementing the district’s Vision 2020 project, has discussed and vetted a number of companies through an RFP process concerning an energy performance contract that has been under consideration by the school district for months. The school board is set to approve a contract with Energy Systems Group [ESG] at their September 17th meeting.
The company will upgrade a series of energy systems; lighting, heating and cooling and ventilation. Superintendent Michael Brooks said the energy savings the district realizes will pay for the upgrade costs, which is all part of a NYS Education and Government project. He said if the district receives a bill for more than the project’s bond, “the company is required to pay that overage, so the school district is never harmed and [ESG] comes in to assess the energy systems that caused the overage to reduce costs again.”
Tax Case Payments
Rosanne Mele, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Personnel, said she will be asking the board to appropriate $268,000 from their reserves to pay for a tax certiorari case concerning the Orchard Hills project. She said this is what the district is required to pay this year, with another $268,000 due next year.
Mele said a facilities vehicle that was totaled in an accident on school grounds is in the process of being replaced.
Mele said the school tax bills that were sent out recently contained an error in the date, which happened at the county level. She said although the dollar amounts are correct, residents will soon receive newly reprinted bills that will also include a letter of explanation for the bill’s errors. Though the public can still pay their tax bill at the school district’s administration building in Milton, Mele said they are encouraging residents to send checks to the M & T Bank at their Buffalo address that is listed on the tax bills.