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Alvord ISD considers ‘ideal’

By Racey Burden | Published Saturday, October 31, 2015
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Alvord ISD is considering contracting with an energy-saving service to reduce the district’s energy cost over a 15-year period.

Ideal Impact, an energy conservation consulting company, claimed at Monday’s board meeting to be able to save Alvord 19 to 26 percent of the district’s energy bill, up to $1,200,000 in 15 years. Company representatives said they’d reviewed AISD’s bills and contracts and looked at the school’s energy system to determine where improvements could be made.

If hired, Ideal Impact would formulate a four-year guaranteed energy plan to cut back energy costs. If the company could not save AISD money on its energy bills in those four years, the cost of modifications to the school’s energy systems would be covered by Ideal Impact.

Trustees decided to table the contract for further consideration.

PAY SYSTEMS REVIEW

The board approved a Texas Association of School Boards pay systems review, modifying the district’s 2015-2016 budget by $7,200 to cover the cost.

TASB could either create a hiring or salary scale for AISD to use. A salary scale would set a pay grade for each classification of employees. Employees already making more than their pay grade permits will have their salaries frozen.

The pay systems review applies to all employees of AISD, not just teachers.

The review and subsequent budget amendment were unanimously approved by the board.

In other action, the board:

  • approved a tax collection contract with the Wise County Appraisal District;
  • declined a TASB staffing review;
  • approved $25,000 to be removed from the general fund to cover a worker’s compensation claim; and
  • set the next board meeting for 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16.

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