Bellwood-Antis OKs boiler work

BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis School Board members recently approved a bid of $412,000 from Johnston Mechanical LLC, Altoona, for construction and associated work for a boiler replacement project at the middle/high school.

Johnston submitted the lowest of six bids for the project.

The project will be paid for through the district’s capital reserve fund.

The district is replacing boilers that are more than 30 years old, said Superin­tendent Thomas McInroy.

“They no longer make parts for the boilers, and we have had a lot of repairs to them in the past few years,” he said.

“This winter, we replaced a few parts that have gone bad. When we brought the boiler back online, another part failed after one day of operation.

“In April, we turned the boilers off for the summer. A week or so later, we had another failure which sent water through the boiler room,” McInroy wrote in an email.

McInroy said the project to install the new efficient boilers is expected to be completed by the end of October.

He said there is another phase to this project, which involves replacing the old pneumatic controllers with electric servos.

“This will also increase the efficiency of the system as a computer will help control the temperature within each room,” McInroy said.

In other action, board members hired Matthew Elder as a high school history teacher at a salary of $45,820 and Maggie Shawley as a kindergarten teacher at a salary of $44,189.