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EA Board Hears Presentation on Building Upgrades

Administration recommends raising vacant house in Wilmerding

By Dianne Ribecca
The Tube City Almanac
February 10, 2023
Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

A company that promises to help school districts control costs by reducing the amount of energy they consume made its pitch this week to the East Allegheny School Board.

At this month’s committee meeting, representatives of American Building Maintenance said engineering upgrades and other improvements could stretch the school district's budget further.

ABM said that an engineering walkthrough of East Allegheny High School and Logan Elementary School saw aging equipment that the school district could upgrade or replace to provide energy savings that will, in turn, offset the costs of upgrades, replacements and repairs.

For example, their recommendations included connecting time controls to exhaust fans in the school buildings and lighting, especially for lighting in the stadium.

ABM also recommended installing low-flow water fixtures for bathroom sink faucets. They demonstrated how the school district could save energy and costs from exhaust fans and lighting that is automatically turned off when not required and bathroom sink faucets that do not waste as much water if the taps are left on.

In other business

The administration told the school board that a property at 412 Airbrake Ave. in Wilmerding should be demolished.

The residential home is jointly owned by the school district, Wilmerding Borough and Allegheny County. Court records indicate it was seized in 2007 in lieu of back taxes.

Administration officials recommended the board grant Wilmerding Borough limited power of attorney on behalf of the school district to raze the house on the property, restore the lot to a level surface, and remove all the debris.

The Parent Teacher Organization is asking the board to fund buses for Logan Elementary field trips beginning with the 2022-2023 school year. The PTO says they can no longer support the total cost of each class field trip due to the rising costs of buses and tickets for admission.

Other recommendations and requests the board will be considering at the regular school board meeting on Feb. 13 are:

Approval and ratification of the disposal of textbooks damaged by recent flooding at the high school. Field trips and musical performance outings, personnel retirements, resignations and hirings also will be considered.

The board will be considering approval for the retirement of Robin Highlands, Jessica Lukes, Cathy Maloney and Mark Progue, and the resignation of Joshua Miller.

Dianne Ribecca is program director of Tube City Online Radio, host of the Consumer Review Report podcast, and a member of the board of directors of Tube City Community Media Inc. She may be reached at dmribecca@gmail.com

Originally published February 10, 2023.

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