New Bloomfield Schools prepare for lighting overhaul

New Bloomfield R-III Schools' light bulbs — 847 of them — will shine brighter when students arrive for the 2014-2015 school year.

The New Bloomfield Board of Education approved for Facility Solutions Group (FSG), a lighting, electric and energy company from St. Louis, to be the project manager for a summer lighting project to update and replace old lighting district wide.

FSG will seek bids for the district and help the board select the best fit for the project. Once a contractor is selected, FSG will manage the contractor for the district.

A representative from FSG said school districts make up 95 percent of the company’s client base.

New Bloomfield Schools received a $132,360 loan from the Missouri Department of Economic Development at a 2.5 percent interest rate for new energy-efficient lighting.

A representative from FSG estimated costs for materials and labor will amount to $132,360 and annual energy savings will total to $26,137 based on kilowats and demand rates of light bulbs. Annually, FSG estimated, the district will need to pay back $25,482 for the loan.

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