Energy savings and budget planning were among the topics discussed at Wednesday's Oneonta City School District Board of Education.

School energy educator Janice Pidgeon discussed the $123,000 in savings that the district has received by working with the program from Energy Education Inc. The results are determined by comparing usage of natural gas and electricity against the base period running from July 2006 through January 2007.

She said she has been working with administrators and custodial staff in each building to audit and monitor energy usage and develop ways to save. This includes such practical methods as turning off switches as well as using company software to track consumption and identify areas that need correction.

Deputy Superintendent Thomas Austin said that district expects to save about $200,000 this year and net about $100,000, including the company's fee. The amount is payable for each year of the four-year contract, he said. The firm will support the service at no fee if the school maintains the program beyond then.

Through the use of the service, the school has lowered energy costs about 29 percent, he said. For the previous school year the total was $630,000, officials previously said.

Other items discussed during the meeting included an adjustment to the preliminary 2008-09 budget expenses that called for a reduction of $124,000. This adjustment would mean increases of 7.14 percent for the budget and 9.74 percent for the tax levy. Previous figures were 7.52 percent and 10.49 percent, respectively, for the budget that remains in progress.

Austin said they expect to do more in the next couple of weeks.

In other business, tenure was approved for Riverside Elementary Principal Melina Murdock, effective July 20.

The meeting was held at Riverside.

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