March 20th, 2019
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Performance contracting topic of board discussion

esp school board discussionEnergy Solutions Professionals President Jeff Flathman, left, and USD 480 DIrector of Operations Chad Mease answer questions about performance contracting for USD 480 projects during the USD 480 school board’s most recent meeting Monday evening. L&T photo/Elly GrimmELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part two of the story recapping the most recent USD 480 school board meeting Monday evening and will focus on the discussion about performance contracting. 

Having already been the subject of a lengthy discussion at an earlier meeting, performance contracting once again came up for the USD 480 school board during its most recent meeting Monday evening. 

“From what I understand, there’s still not a guaranteed price on the maintenance on the operations side, is that correct?” board member Alan Brown asked, to which he was answered in the positive. “So the savings on utilities is the only guarantee?”

“At this juncture, we’re going to need to negotiate collectively with Johnson Controls to get what the revised maintenance and operations price would be,” Energy Solutions Professionals President Jeff Flathman said. “Everyone will be talked to about this, including the folks at Johnson Controls, they’ve acknowledged how we’re replacing a lot of rooftop units and eliminating them ... it basically includes the scope of work that’s going into the mom that contract will be negotiated for. Today, we don’t have the ability to say we know what that absolute final number will be, and to be candid, now that we know what the scope is, we can go in and finalize everything. A couple projects Chad [Mease] and I have spoken of during these past couple weeks is ... we do want to be clear about our estimates of what that maintenance savings is based on industry standards and based on the age of the equipment and things like that. We have not included reducing staff or anything like that at all, everything is based on what would be the external cost to maintain equipment reaching the end of its life versus what a preventative maintenance contract should be for. Candidly speaking, there’s a large number of your rooftop units that are obsolete and will definitely need to be replaced. We certainly intend to work with your staff to maximize the amount we are able to reduce that all by.”

Flathman then continued with some more details about the work needing to be done. 

EARL WATT • Leader & Times


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The Lady Redskins scored an early goal in Dodge City Tuesday in the first soccer game of the season, and that was all they needed in a 1-0 win.

Senior Kim Alarcon sent a header to  senior Gisselle Melendez who took the ball into the box in a one-on-one with the Lady Red Demon goalkeeper. Melendez took a left-footed shot that sailed by the keeper and into the net for the only score of the game.

“We continued to play well in the first half and created more scoring opportunities,” Liberal coach Carlos Ruiz said.

The road win at Dodge was the first for the Lady Redskin soccer program in school history.

Liberal took eight shots on goal to Dodge City’s three.

The Lady Redskins (1-0) will travel to Wichita Saturday to face Classical at 6:30 p.m.

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Moran stood on Constitutional principles

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U.S. Sen Jerry Moran should be commended for his vote against President Donald Trump's emergency declaration at the Southern border.

The president's move — meant to fund his promised wall — confounded lawmakers across the political spectrum. Emergency declarations had previously been used in narrower circumstances and not as a way to redirect money that Congress had expressly refused to authorize as part of the usual budget process.

Moran's decision to stand up and take a vote against the president, a member of his political party, was a brave one. He was one of 12 Republicans who similarly took a stand on principle, not political expediency. While the Senate vote to end the emergency declaration will likely be vetoed by the president, lawmakers were wise to draw a line in the sand.

There may, or may not, be a good case for a wall. Voices have been raised and opinions expressed on both sides. But politics is ultimately about finding a common path through a minefield of partisan bickering. Republicans and Democrats had agreed on a budget plan that included some funding for the wall, but not as much as the president wanted.