GIFFORD – The school district will consider air-conditioning 12 classrooms.
The school board directed Superintendent Art Shaw to obtain cost estimates and explore options on how classrooms can be air-conditioned.
A portion of the school building is already air-conditioned – including the library, main offices, conference room and computer lab – but classrooms are not.
Because of that, the school district has enacted a heat policy in which the school day is started earlier and ended earlier when the temperature reaches a certain level. The district has followed the policy for five years. The schedule generally goes into effect in the fall, Shaw said.
"Being a solid brick building, this old edifice holds the built-up summer heat, so it's usually hotter in the fall," Shaw said.
In other business, the board learned the district is projected to receive about $30,000 less in county facility sales taxes, based on the $55,541 it has received for the first six months of 2010.
The district plans to use the money to make its annual bond payment of $145,000. The board also learned the district's equalized assessed value has been placed at $30,170,948, which is about $700,000 more than last fiscal year. The board is expected to use the additional sales tax money and the higher EAV to lower the district's portion of property taxes.
Shaw estimates it will be dropped by about 35 cents per $100 of assessment.