VARDEN – The Western Wayne School Board has accepted a proposal from CM3 for a project that will save money due to energy conservation upgrades.

CM3 is one of three proposals the district has received for the project. Its proposal has a negotiable scope, guaranteed savings and contract terms “not to exceed” $10,000,000.

“This is what we've been discussing at board and committee meetings since September regarding the energy conservation program, which is primarily retro fitting lighting, replacing the roof on the high school and middle school, changing the lighting at the middle and high school complex; heating, HVAC, lighting and air conditioning at R.D. Wilson, some kitchen equipment and some controls upgrades for energy conservation,” explained Superintendent Joe Adams.

“This is all negotiable so we have between now and April to go line item by line item through the proposals, of which there were three...which was Honeywell, CM3 and McClure Company, which are the three of the biggest and best energy savings companies in the state.”

Adams added each company has worked with “dozens of school districts and state and county facilities.”

“If we approve this, we also will have to be seeking funding,” he explained.

“I just want everyone to know with the approval process, the funding mechanism will allow the district to not raise taxes to complete these items and to put us in a situation where our capital needs will be met for the next 20-30 years and our debt service will only be extended out three more, which means we'll still be out of debt in nine years or less.”

Adams added it's a big project and there's a lot that comes with it, but taxes will not be raised.

“We will be utilizing our financing capabilities use of savings from the Guaranteed Energy Portion, which is the lighting retro fits and the installation that comes along with this project,” he explained.

The board also approved Robert W. Baird & Company to begin the process of procuring a bond issue for $10,000,000 or less for the project. The debt schedule will be extended to 2025.

A final decision will be made during the April 4 meeting.

Other business

• The board approved adding six individuals to the district substitute list for the 2015-16 school year per certification of Acts 24, 34, 151, 114, 153 and 168 guidelines for employment eligibility verification from the U.S. Department of Justice.

They include William Bauer Jr. for custodial, Michele Kilvitis for secretarial/TA, Christa Maiocco for secretarial/TA, Laurie Reed for cafeteria/custodial, Jennifer Sanders for cafeteria/custodial and Robin Sylvestri for elementary.

• The resignation of Nichole Musewicz as a 7th and 8th grade girls soccer coach was approved. It is effective during the 2016-17 school year.

• The resignation of Joseph Totsky as an assistant softball coach was approved. It is effective for the 2015-16 school year.

• The resignation of Alex Klim as a custodian for retirement purposes was approved. It is effective March 15.

• The resignation of John Majdic as a physical education teacher for retirement purposes was approved “with regret.” It is effective the day after the last day of the 2015-16 school year.

• Three spring coaches were approved by the board.

They include Carrie Wittenbrader as an assistant softball coach, Melissa Williams as a junior high softball coach and Steven Gregorski as an assistant softball coach.

The salaries are $3,306.

• Several fall coaches were approved.

They include Nichole Musewicz as the girls assistant softball coach ($2,976), Christine Carey as a co-cheerleading coach for varsity football ($1,735) and Elizabeth Schlasta as a co-cheerleading coach for varsity football ($1,735).

Adams said for the cheerleading coaches there is one position and they are splitting the work, so the salary is split between them.

For Musewciz, she had to resign from her position before taking on a new one.

“She wanted to move from junior high to assistant,” Adams said. “So she moved from the 7th and 8th grade program to the high school program.”

He added there is a replacement at the 7th and 8th grade level for Musewciz.

• Six assistant football coaches were approved. Their salaries are listed based on years of service to the district.

The coaches include Shane Grodack ($4,220.94), Tim Hess ($4,241.43), Steve Esgro ($4,241.43), David Baker ($4,098), Dan Patrisso ($4,098) and John Whitelavich ($4,098).

• Randy Wolff was hired as a physical education teacher beginning with the 2016-17 school year. He will replace Majdic.

The salary is a Step 16M +24 for $73,447 with applicable fringe benefits.

“He's a Master's plus 24, with 18 years of public school experience,” Adams stated.

Wolff was hired as the head football coach during the February meeting.

• Michael Rotolo was transferred from the middle school to the EverGreen Elementary School as a custodian for second shift, effective March 16.

“The reason for that transfer is the retirement of Mr. Klim,” Adams said. “By contract we have the option to request a transfer.

“We did interview Michael and we are making that recommendation.”

At the next meeting Rotolo's former position will be filled.