Moline school board members on Monday approved buying natural gas for Moline High School, Coolidge, Garfield, Lincoln-Irving and Washington schools through Vanguard Energy Services fora 19-month period.
Facilities director Darryl Snyder said the contract is expected to save the district nearly $42,000 over the course of a year.
A memo by Mr. Snyder stated the five buildings in the contract represent 321,749 therms of natural gas for a sample 12-month period, at a cost of $178,547. Buying the natural gas for the same period under the new agreement would have cost $136,713.
Previously the district locked into a set price for a period of time, he said. Now it will follow the market, with the district projecting how much natural gas it will need per month based on prior use.
Each month, the district will pay the additional cost for exceeding the projected use or will receive a credit for the amount not used. At the end of each month, the cost for the next month will be determined on the market rate of natural gas.
The natural gas contract will start in January 2013.
In other business, the board accepted the resignation of head varsity high school football coach Christian Sant Amour. He will remain at the high school as a physical education teacher. For more on the story, see C1.
Board members on Monday also agreed to pay superintendent David Moyer an additional $925 for moving expenses, nearly 20 percent more than the $5,000 included in Mr. Moyer's compensation package. Board members approved the increase in a 5-2 vote, with board members Bob Vogelbaugh and Alan Anderson casting no votes.
Today is Friday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2013. There are 18 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Merry sleigh bells jingle in our streets in the wake of a driving northwest storm of snow and rain. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Thomas Campbell was elected commander of John Buford Post 243, Grand Army of the Republic. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Thomas B. Reidy was named consul of C.W. Hawes Camp No. 1550, and L.H. Eihl was named consul of Camp 29, Modern Woodmen of America. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island aldermen last night upheld the view of a petition signed by 150 businessmen that the city should not install parking meters. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Total volume during the Christmas mailing season may reach 12 million pieces in Rock Island, according to Rock Island Postmaster Carl J.L. Wessel. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The aromas filling the air at the Rock Island Lines depot in Rock Island soon will be prime rib and roast duck rather than sawdust and plaster. A tourist train will be offering dinner excursions in mid-February or early March, according to Dan Carmody, executive director of the Development Association of Rock Island.