Ben Kirby farewell open house — May 29

Ben Kirby farewell open house — May 29

After four years guiding LOCS through many challenges and creating opportunities as our superintendent, Ben Kirby is moving on to a new opportunity. We plan to celebrate him with a community open house on May 29 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the LOCS Administration Building (315 N. Lapeer St.)

Join us to wish him well in his new endeavor.


LOCS Assistant Superintendents Heidi Mercer, Andrea Curtis, Adam Weldon

School survey assesses HVAC system

School survey assesses HVAC system

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Oct. 15, 2020
Nick Assendelft, Public Information Officer, [email protected], 517-388-3135
Robert Jackson, Assistant MMD Director, [email protected], 517-930-6163

School survey assesses HVAC system readiness to reduce infectious aerosol transmission

School districts across Michigan are being urged to participate in a survey to assess the readiness of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to reduce the transmission of infectious aerosols within school buildings.

The Michigan K-12 Public School HVAC Assistance Program, launched by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy with support from the Department of Education, will identify potential improvements as well as work with schools to find licensed contractors and funding sources for the recommended work.

Better air quality and updated school infrastructure creates a healthy learning environment for students, teachers and staff and supports improved academic performance. Many schools in the U.S. lack adequate ventilation and indoor levels of air pollutants can be two to five times higher than outdoor levels, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. While 20 percent of the U.S. population spends their days inside K-12 buildings, less than 50 percent of school districts had an indoor air quality management program in 2012.

Urban, suburban and rural schools districts are asked to complete a survey about a building’s HVAC system, recent improvements and current needs. Those that complete the survey are eligible to request free assistance with recommendations to reduce infectious aerosol transmission from an approved licensed HVAC specialist (or the school’s licensed HVAC contractor). The Western and Eastern Chapters of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) will help with completing the school surveys and building assessments.

The survey can be found at the Michigan K-12 Public School HVAC Assistance Program website, along with timelines and an HVAC contractor application.

A minimum of $150,000 is expected to be available for the program. The maximum award is $15,000 per applicant, with a maximum payment of $1,500 per completed checklist. Some of the funding will be earmarked for onsite demonstration projects. Priority will be given to schools in low-income communities.

For information about the survey, contact Jake Wilkinson of EGLE’s Energy Services at [email protected]. For information about HVAC assistance and contractors, contact David Herb of Energy Services at [email protected]