The Culver School Board appointed two people to sit on the Wage Determination Committee, which Superintendent Brad Schuldt explained will meet in the Marshall County Courthouse to establish the prevailing wage for an upcoming elementary school project.
Schuldt said the corporation will soon be renovating the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system at the elementary school. Schuldt said he and Francis Ellert will serve on the committee, and the project is expected to start as soon as the school year comes to a close, with the work to be wrapped up before the beginning of the next school year.
Schuldt said the majority of the project will consist of removing all of the antiquated HVAC equipment to replace with newer, modern technology in an effort to improve the efficiency of the school’s heating and cooling efforts. Schuldt said the new unit will not only be more efficient, but it will also be quieter and less intrusive to the learning environment. On top of that, the unit features managed temperature controls, which he said are all part of another energy savings-guaranteed project to help reduce the cost of utilities in the general fund.
The corporation is working with a company from Indianapolis; Performance Services will be handling the entirety of the project, with an estimated price tag of $1.6 million. However, Schuldt emphasized that these funds are coming out of their Debt Service Bond Fund, which he explained is a different fund than the one the teachers and staff are paid from. He said this will actually help the general fund – that is, the fund from which staff members are paid – by cutting down on utility costs.