AVCS set to unveil new heating facility

The new woodchip boiler facility at the AuSable Valley Middle/High School.

The new woodchip boiler facility at the AuSable Valley Middle/High School.

— The AuSable Valley Central School District has found a new way to keep kids warm.

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, the district will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony of its new Middle/High School biomass boiler facility, located next to the school facility, at 5 p.m.

The middle/high school site is one of two biomass boiler facilities, along with a plant at Keeseville Elementary School, that the district constructed through its EXCELL Aid capital project.

“We are excited to have it completed and be in time for the winter heating season,” Superintendent Paul Savage said. “We have been working on this since the project was approved in 2007, and this has been a big part of the capital project.”

The new facilties house two 140-by-30-foot woodchip boilers, which provides a sustainable and eco-friendly heating source that is estimated to save district taxpayers $103,826 annually, with the new heating system projected to cost about $26,690 at the middle/high school and $21,944 at the elementary school, compared to $98,560 and $53,900 in fuel oil heating under the previous system for each school, respectively.

Savage said that the event will be a chance for the district to celebrate the opening of the new heating facilities, which will include a ribbon cutting that is expected to be attended by local government officials as well as school officials.

The school is currently still working on the capital project, which totals $29.85 million and is funded through 100-percent state EXCELL Aid, a special one-time state funding program that covers the portion of funding that would normally be covered by local taxpayers.

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