The Canal Winchester school district plans to sell two series of bonds to fund facility upgrades that will be part of an energy-efficiency program aimed at saving money.

The Canal Winchester school district plans to sell two series of bonds to fund facility upgrades that will be part of an energy-efficiency program aimed at saving money.

Treasurer Joyce Boyer told the board of education Monday, Nov. 21, that finding ways to conserve energy will be part of the way in which the district will reduce expenditures by $3.3 million "over the next few years."

The cuts are needed even though voters approved a three-year, $5.8-million emergency levy on Nov. 8, she said.

"We don't have particular line items or positions that we will be looking at (currently), but we will be looking at every single thing on a continuing basis," Boyer said.

The district will follow guidelines in the Ohio School Facilities Commission's energy conservation program aimed at producing lower utility bills by such measures as installing new lighting and technology to make heating and cooling systems function more efficiently, installing new burners on the two middle-school boilers to conserve gas, more closely monitoring when heating and cooling systems can be turned off when buildings empty out at the end of each day and managing humidity in each of the district's buildings.

To pay for the upgrades, officials hope to obtain an interest rate lower than 4.75 percent on two series of bonds, one to be paid back in seven years and another to be paid back over 27 years, Boyer said.

For more on this story, see the Dec. 1 edition of ThisWeek Canal Winchester.