A new approach on how it cools and heats school gymnasiums has the potential to save the Jackson County School System thousands of dollars from traditional heating and air conditioning systems, according to officials. The Jackson County Board of Education is considering a proposal to spend up to $37,000 in sales tax revenue to install seven mini split heat pump units, new lighting system and four ceiling fans at North Jackson Elementary School. The Talmo school would be the first in the district to use such a system instead of standard HVAC units.
Other items that the Jackson County Board of Education will consider during its regular meeting on Monday, March 19 include:
•a resolution asking the state department of education to approve a waiver for all maximum class sizes for the 2012-2013 school year. The Jackson County School System has received such waivers for the past several years as a cost-cutting effort.
•a request to increase the cost of school lunches by 10 cents for the 2012-2013 school year. The change would make lunches at elementary schools cost $1.75, and $2.15 for middle and high schools. The price of breakfast at schools would remain the same.