An update about the current building project and an ongoing energy-savings initiative were part of the discussions at Wednesday’s regular meeting of the Oneonta City School District Board of Education.
Superintendent Joseph Yelich said much of the work on the $4.6 million project approved by voters in 2013, which includes mostly technology and safety upgrades, will be completed by the start of the school year. Anything not finished will be scheduled to not interfere with classes, he said.
Yelich said he will be proposing additional WiFi access points and security cameras to be purchased as part of the project at an upcoming board meeting. The original design allowed for a relatively sparse network, he said, and camera coverage that could be improved. Since the work is proceeding well under budget, the additions can be made while staying within the amount approved by voters, he said.
In other business, school energy management coordinator Janice Pidgeon gave an annual report on her program, which is now in its seventh year and has produced more than $1.5 million in utility bill savings through a district-wide effort. That represents a 31 percent savings over projected spending.
Pidgeon thanked those involved for helping make the project a success, and said it will remain an ongoing effort