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 Tuesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2014. There are 155 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men. 1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78. 1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.