By Don Waterhouse, correspondent
FARMINGTON — A year ago, School Administrative District 9 signed a contract with a Windham firm to upgrade energy controls in the district’s 10 buildings.
At their meeting tonight, SAD 9 directors will get a report on work that has been done so far and will be asked to approve a maintenance extension with the firm. The meeting begins at 7 at Mt. Blue High School library.
The contract, with IbControls, was for $573,000 and required the firm to install new heating, electrical and air quality control systems to reduce energy use and therefore save money.
Company officials had described existing systems as inefficient and wasteful, including some overheated rooms.
According to SAD 9 Support Services Director David Leavitt, about 95 percent of the installation work has been completed. It appears that savings are starting to be realized, he said, but warm weather is making measurement difficult.
“We need to look at two or three years to see how it trends,” Leavitt said Monday.
IbControls representatives will be on hand at Tuesday’s meeting to give the board an update. A related request to extend a maintenance contract with the company for $46,951 for one year is on the agenda.
Among other matters, directors will take up a request from Athletic Director Scott Walker to study whether to have the high school join Sports Done Right, a state program sponsored by the Maine Center for Sports and Coaching at the University of Maine.
SAD 9 enrolls students from nine towns, including Vienna.