Assistant Superintendent Mike Mabe said construction to install new lighting at the high school could begin in the next few weeks.

The project includes upgrading the lighting in the high school gym, cafeteria and main lobby areas to LED fixtures; introducing wireless controls to provide dimming and scene control in those spaces and implementing lighting control systems that will control and configure different scenes, monitor energy use and provide system alerts.

The project came in under budget and will cost roughly $1.2 million. Mabe said the school district will save roughly $96,000 annually.

A CTS representative in a meeting last year, the project would cut down the time the school’s maintenance workers spend replacing and trying to maintain the lights, many of which are nearing the end of their projected life spans.

Mabe added that per the agreement with Control Technology Services (CTS), if the energy savings don’t equal that amount, the company cuts a check for the school district to make up the difference.

BOCO Inc. will install the light fixtures throughout the school and Dickey Bub sold the fixtures to the school district.

The process should take around 130 days and will not interfere with the school day as workers will be working after regular school hours.

After the high school is completed, the middle school’s lighting will be upgraded and then the rest of the district’s buildings.

Mabe said the project is expected to be completed by July.