Fairbury Public Schools board members accepted a roof bid, selected a van bid and approved the first phase of upgrades to district buildings at Monday night's meeting.
Before board members voted to approve the three action items, Superintendent Fred Helmink said, “I think our budget is going to be a little tight this year. We're going to have to decide how to pay for things.”
The board voted to spend about $120,000 to fix the junior/senior high school's negative air pressure, which an official from energy savings company Trane told board members last month was “the worst building” he had seen in 35 years in terms of air pressure.
The board will spend $96,000 to install a roof-mounted make up air fan to the kitchen to pump in fresh air. Another $24,000 will be spent repairing and rebalancing the 10 faulty energy recovery ventilators so that they supply more air than they exhaust.