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High school heating, cooling system upgrades head agenda for trustees

The Halifax County School Board is expected to move forward with HVAC system upgrades at Halifax County High School when they hold a special called meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at the School Board Office conference room in the Mary Bethune office complex in Halifax. 

 At their meeting earlier this month, the board accepted the proposal from Consulting Engineer Robert Bouknight of RKB Engineering to proceed with his five recommendations. 

His recommendations include installing air conditioning for the ground level classrooms of the C wing that currently do not have air conditioning, adding a cooling/dehumidification system for the boys and girls locker rooms and adding a hot water reset valve for the heating system.

Also included are adding return air humidity and CO2 sensors, revising control sequence for dehumidification and demand control ventilation and replacing the AHU damper systems to achieve good control of outdoor air. 

Douglas W. Newcomb, the school system’s new maintenance director, will lead discussion on hiring Bouknight to oversee the project, following suggestions from ED-8 trustee Walter Potts at the last meeting. 

Former Maintenance Director Larry Roller said at the last meeting the next steps are to negotiate a contract with Bouknight and begin bids for contractors. 

All recommendations will be done with outside contractors besides adding the air humidity and CO2 sensors, which will be done by school system staff. 

In other unfinished business, Superintendent Dr. Herndon will bring the request for proposal for professionally managed services for food service to the board. 

At the last meeting, Herndon told the board before developing the request for proposal, she would talk with several school divisions who already hire a professionally managed service to provide food service.

The board agreed they would like to review the request for proposal before it is submitted to the State Department of Education. 

Finance Director Jay Camp and Transportation Director David Guill will lead discussion on gasoline purchases. 

Herndon also is expected to lead discussion on the possible consolidation of the school’s Anthem insurance coverage with the county’s insurance coverage. 

The superintendent also plans to further discuss the proposed school budget for the upcoming year. 

At their January budget work session, the board said they would ask the county to provide $16,634,259 in local funding, approximately $3 million more than the current budget. 

Since then the board of supervisors’ finance committee has recommended the school division receive level funding of $13 million. 


Prior to adjourning, board members are expected to go into closed session to discuss personnel and legal consultations.