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By DAVE HINTON
Rantoul Press editor
LUDLOW — The Ludlow Grade School board is considering exterior tuckpointing and several changes that will reduce energy use.
The energy-improvement projects would be as a result of a recent Illinois Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) assessment of the building.
The improvements, which total $16,184, include upgrading the heating system thermostat, low flow pre-rinse spray valves, smart power strips and occupancy sensors.
“This should greatly reduce the electrical and natural gas consumption of the facility while providing an estimated annual total gas and electric utility savings of $3,700 (based on current rates) per the SEDAC report,” Superintendent Dru Lobmaster said.
“SEDAC was a good opportunity for the district to achieve energy efficiency and reduce energy demands.”
She said SEDAC would pay for a portion of the costs.
Lobmaster said the school board had considered new windows, but noted it would take about 50 years to recoup the costs.
The energy assessment was conducted last month by the Illinois Energy Now program.
The school could apply for a 50 percent matching grant to pay for energy-efficiency upgrades.
Lobmaster said the energy auditors would help the school officials write the grant or grants that would “help facilitate energy-efficiency throughout the school.”
At its monthly meeting Thursday, the board approved the final 2011-12 school calendar.
The district used no snow days during the school year.
May 25 will be the last day of school (for report card pick-up).
The 2012-13 school calendar was also approved.
Aug. 15 will be a teacher institute day, and the first day of student attendance will be Aug. 17.
Lobmaster said the district calendar closely matches the RTHS calendar.
“Coordinating the elementary school calendar with the high school district calendar is very important for convenience for families with children in both districts,” Lobmaster said.
The board approved Russell Leigh & Associates for the 2012-13 annual financial audit.
Board members accepted the resignation of third/fourth-grade teacher Amy Scholfield, who had taught at Ludlow for three years. She will be moving out of the area. Sherry Janowski, who has taught at Ludlow for eight years, was reassigned to the position.
The employment of Trent Groves as fifth/sixth-grade teacher was approved for the 2012/13 year. Groves will receive a degree in elementary education from Blackburn College in May.
Lobmaster announced several activities for the remainder of the school year.
A spaghetti dinner sponsored by the seventh/eighth-grade classes will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the school. A students versus teachers basketball game will follow the dinner. Title I reading program activities will be provided throughout the evening. The event is open to the public.
The spring program Great Americans of the 20th Century will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 10. The community is invited to attend.
The eighth-grade class will take a trip to Peoria for a baseball game May 11.
The all-school field trip to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago is scheduled May 15.
Eighth-grade graduation is set for 6:30 p.m. May 23.