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Leipsic Contractor Picked For School Paving Project



The Archbold Area School Board has selected Ward Construction, Leipsic, for parking lot maintenance this summer.

The firm entered a bid of $51,970 to repave the Archbold elementary school south parking lot.

The company also will do crack filling and sealing along Blue Streak Drive, the driveway, and the two parking lots directly south of the AHS building.

Not included are the parking lot south of the football stadium or the lot north of the high school.

Six firms entered bids. Gradel, Toledo, had the highest bid, at $62,193.

Other bidders: Geddis Paving, Toledo, $62,124; Henry Bergman, Inc., Genoa, $56,535; Loop Asphalt Services, Cecil, $56,182; and Allied Paving, Holland, $52,888.60.

Turbine

At the recommendation of Christine Ziegler, district treasurer, the board approved moving $21,751.89 from the general fund to the wind turbine maintenance fund.

Ziegler said the figure represents electricity savings over three months.

She arrived at the number by averaging electric bills from the three years prior to the establishment of primary power for the high school and elementary schools.

Under primary power, Toledo Edison delivers electricity to the school district at a high voltage. The school then uses its own transformers and other equipment to reduce the voltage to a useable level.

Primary power is less expensive than buying directly from TE at the lower voltage.

The district switched to primary power in September 2009.

Ziegler said she also averaged two years of electricity bills after the establishment of primary power.

Then she averaged the two together and took 75% of the figure to come up with the total savings.

Money in the wind turbine maintenance account can be used not only for maintenance, but also to repay about $600,000 in qualified school construction bonds.

The bonds are repaid in one lump sum rather than in monthly or yearly payments, she said.

Insurance

As part of its consensus agenda, the board agreed to renew its insurance policy with Hylant Group-Ohio School Plan.

The policy covers liability, violence, auto, and property insurance for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

The premium is $39,152.

Ziegler said the premium is up about 5%, but added that’s lower than most insurance trends.

Board members also approved appropriation modifications in preparation for closing school district books on June 30. The date represents the end of the 2012-13 fiscal year.

In preparation for the next fiscal year, board members approved setting temporary appropriations at 75% of the 2012-13 expenditures.

Ziegler said the board will approve the final budget figures for 2013-14 at its September meeting.–David Pugh



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