By Tony Farkas
TRINITY — The Trinity ISD Board of Trustees approved a contract for engineering work, starting the process to replace aging equipment throughout the district.
Superintendent John Kaufman said the board approved the contract with E3 for an engineering study, centering around school lighting and air conditioners.
He said that 43 percent of air conditioners in the district are more than 23 years old and replacing them will improve efficiency and save money.
Additionally, the older fluorescent lights will be replaced with a more efficient LED system.
Kaufman said the district has spent $150,000 on AC repair or replacement this year, and it has been that way for several years. E3 will replace any system older than 18 years and will scavenge parts for use on other systems.
In other business, the board:
•tabled action on purchasing exterior door alerts to research alarm systems;
•discussed a report on the recently installed vape sensors. Kaufman said they are working very well and that quite a few students have been caught;
•discussed a visit with State Sen. Robert Nichols and some of the legislative issues facing schools, such as funding, vouchers, security; and
•discussed upcoming training for the board.