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HVAC Systems at Ludlow Schools to Be Repaired


The Ludlow Board of Education is working to improve the schools' HVAC systems after encountering problems.

Superintendent Michael Borchers reported that the java application control engine (JACE) component of the HVAV systems, which acts as a router of sorts, was failing. The JACE typically has a lifespan of five to ten years, while other parts of the system live longer.

Borchers declared an emergency to address the problem and the state, which regulates construction funds, agreed with the assessment. Ludlow Schools was able to access $19,500 left over from funds that paid for the installation of a new roof. With that money and $1,900 from the general fund, the JACE was able to be replaced for the elementary and high schools.

Comfort USA was awarded the bid at $29,909.

Borchers hopes to have the project completed in two weeks.

The board also approved the change to the 2018-2019 calendar. The last day for students in the district will be May 22. Teachers' last day will be May 24.

MEBS and Associates, which provides mental health counseling for students, was renewed for a cost of $50,000, with no increase.

The PRN contract was renewed for a cost of $55,500, an increase of 50 cents per hour for the nurse that is at the schools.

The consulting contracts, which is a husband and wife team who help with the Infinite campus, as well as many other programs and paperwork, was renewed for $10,500.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor