At their regular meeting Monday night, the Johnson County School District One Board of Trustees awarded a bid to build a vestibule addition to Clear Creek Middle School to Wright Brothers of Sheridan.
District Business Manager Matt Ramey explained that the existing doors from the commons area to the outside face NW and during cold weather when the doors are opened it cools down the entire commons/cafeteria area of the building.
Representatives from the School Facilities Commission, he said, had inspected the building and agreed that a vestibule on that set of doors would help cut down on heat loss during the cold months, and approved the district to go ahead with the project.
Also part of the bid award is concrete work to replace existing concrete that has buckled, causing the doors to not fully open.
Board member Greg Haas questioned whether there had been a study done by the district or the School Facilities Commission to determine if there would be net savings or loss in utility costs by building the vestibule, saying it seemed to him a prudent thing to do to make sure tax dollars were being spent wisely.
Ramey explained the process with the School Facilities Commission.
Ramey said a small heater in a small space like a vestibule would use less energy than allowing cold air to cool down a 6,000 square foot area and then having to re-heat that huge area.
The board voted to award the bid for the vestibule to Wright Brothers for $115,946 with Haas casting the lone dissenting vote.