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AVCS shows off new wood chip boiler

Middle/High school plant one of two in district

AuSable Valley School Board President Mary Bailey cuts the ribbon to officially open the new woodchip boiler heating facility at the AVCS Middle/High School Building Nov. 16.

AuSable Valley School Board President Mary Bailey cuts the ribbon to officially open the new woodchip boiler heating facility at the AVCS Middle/High School Building Nov. 16. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The AuSable Valley Central School District showed off its newest piece of high-tech, “green” technology Nov. 16 when it officially opened its new woodchip boiler facility at the middle/high school.

The boiler, one of two in the district (the second located at the Keeseville Elementary School), is part of the AVCS EXCELL Capital Project, which allowed for school renovations at no cost to the local tax base.

“This is something that we have been looking forward to since the end of 2006,” AVCS Superintendent Paul Savage said. “We are very proud that the community supported this project when it came up for a vote in 2007, and we are now one of only four school districts in New York State to have a facility like this.”

Savage said that the opening of the boiler plants in time for the winter heating season was a “win-win” for both the school community and the community at large.

“This is something that we feel will be extremely beneficial to us and the community,” Savage said. “This will save the district over $100,000 in fuel costs annually. This is also a win for the local economy, because we knew that we would have local people bidding on the woodchip contract. We had two local companies bid, and a local company won the bid.”

Read more in the Nov. 26 edition of the Valley News

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