|Performance contracts save money, resources while improving facilities|
|Monday, December 3, 2018|
The Pattonville School District is using a concept called "performance contracts" to improve heating, air conditioning, lighting, plumbing and mechanical systems throughout the district while also saving money and reducing energy consumption.
Pattonville is in the midst of completing about $20 million in renovations and upgrades at buildings throughout the district using performance contracts as a method of funding the projects. Companies chosen by Pattonville to complete the work help identify issues and design improvements, and, by law, their work must save the district a corresponding amount of money over the next 15 years through reduced energy bills and fewer repairs/maintenance.
"The use of performance contracts is part of our ongoing focus on being good stewards of our district resources," said Ron Orr, Pattonville chief financial officer. "This allows our district to fund $20 million in needed infrastructure projects that improve the learning environment without any cost to our taxpayers."
Pattonville is working with two companies to complete the work: GRP and Navitas. GRP already completed work at Holman Middle School, Remington Traditional School and Willow Brook Elementary School and will also work on projects at Bridgeway and Drummond elementary schools, as well as the print shop, maintenance facility and the Pattonville Learning Center. Navitas is completing work at Parkwood and Rose Acres elementary schools, along with Pattonville Heights Middle School and Pattonville High School.
The work is being completed in conjunction with other facilities, updates and repairs made possible by a zero-tax-rate-increase bond issue approved by voters in 2017. For a list of all bond issue projects being completed with bond issue funds, go online at: https://www.psdr3.org/newsinfo/pdf/FacilitiesPlan2017.pdf.
Crews from GRP work on projects at Remington Traditional School in summer 2018.