HOOPESTON — Hoopeston Area school board members conducted a special meeting Monday to discuss the Maple School boiler project and technology purchases.

Sylvia McIvor , senior account executive, and Ryan Brandush, program manager for McKinstry, presented information regarding Maple School's 25-year old boilers, a brief history, a timeline for the project to be finished, cost of the project, bids and warranty.

The cost of the project would come in at $670,000 including a contingency of $33,000 for the unexpected and possible rebates of $10,000-$15,000 from Ameren for the project. Labor and materials would have a one-year warranty with another nine-years added on for the boilers themselves, said Brandush.

The construction bid was awarded to Reliable Mechanical out of Champaign with a 12-week turn around to have to old boilers torn out, switching the boilers from steam to hot water, and getting the boilers in place for a November start up. McIvor said there might be some small work still left when school started but nothing that would disrupt the classrooms.

McIvor said they would do an estimate of future savings for the board by August once Mark Eighner, grounds and transportation director, got the figures to them of what the district is paying now for an idea of what the savings would be with more efficient boilers.

Following an executive session, to discuss approval of the project with McKinstry and other items, board members voted unanimously to accept the contract with McKinstry to replace the boilers for $670,000 and Reliable Mechanical as contractors. Work is expected to begin in a week.

Board members also unanimously approved the purchase of 500 new replacement Chromebooks from Technology Resources for $167,000 and the purchase of 28 new Dell desktops for replacement of older computers for $28,538.44. The desktop computers are mainly what teachers use, said Jahn.

This is an action that was part of a replacement plan discussed by former superintendents Hank Hornbeck and Suzzette Hesser and the tech department with $300,000 budgeted for the project , according to Eighner.

Used machines were purchased by another company, said board member Larry Jahn, adding that the life expectancy of Chromebooks was three years.