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School Board approves purchase of heat units for Petersburg building

At a special meeting last Wednesday night, June 20, the Boone Central School Board approved a motion to install electric heat in the second floor of the older portion of the Petersburg Middle School building.
This matter has been under consideration since the board’s May meeting due to problems with the steam boiler system last winter.
The work will include installation of heat units in the air handlers on the building’s second floor, and installation of electrical service to those units. In addition, two cove heaters will be installed in the second floor restrooms, with line voltage thermostats to serve each heater.
Total cost of the work will be $10,100, and contractors will be Criss Co. of Spalding and JRK Electric of Petersburg.
After a June 11 board meeting, the facilities committee met briefly and discussed possibly using an electrical heating option for the building. Local vendors were contacted for quotes on the required equipment and wiring in preparation for another committee meeting on June 13.
The committee reviewed electric heat options from Jeff Criss of Criss Co. Heating and Air, Spalding, and JRK Electric, Petersburg on June 13.
The first floor of the old building has baseboard electric heat. Quotes for all work and equipment needed to heat the second and third floors totaled about $80,000.
The possibility of adding heat units for only the second floor was discussed at length. Several questions were asked of Tanner Schutt, middle school principal, about reassigning classrooms, space utilization and options that would cause the least disruption for staff and students.

Read the complete story in the June 27 Albion News & Petersburg Press, Print and E-Editions.