Equipment Upgrades to save Longview ISD Taxpayers Millions

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The Longview ISD Board of Trustees approved an agreement with Ideal Impact to install new state-of-the-art HVAC monitoring equipment throughout the entire district, during a special-called meeting Wednesday, May 26

Dr. Wayne Guidry, Assistant Superintendent of Finance, explained that this monitoring system stands to provide estimated savings to taxpayers of $600,000 per year and, over the next 15 years, "we are anticipating a total savings of $15 million to the taxpayers of Longview ISD." 

"This program could conceivably pay for itself within four years," he said, adding that Ideal Impact "will be making a large number of significant improvements to LISD facilities."

Based in Grapevine, the company's stated goal is to put more money back into the maintenance and operations budget of public school districts. 

Dr. Guidry said the project will be paid from the fund balance and is an allowable expenditure for the ESSER Federal Grant. 

The proposal from Ideal Impact was procured through the district's membership with The Interlocal Purchasing System (TIPS), a national purchasing cooperative that offers access to competitively procured purchasing contracts to its membership. The system is housed and managed by the Region VIII Education Service Center in Pittsburg, Texas. 

Please click here to download the resolution and related documentation.

More campus improvements coming

Board members also approved Phase II of an Investment Grade Audit from Schneider Electric.

Part of the audit process includes:

  • Removing and replacing six air handling units and VFD drives at Johnston-McQueen Elementary
  • Replacing 26 HVAC systems at the old SDC building located at 500 N. Third Street
  • The installation of new security lighting at the Longview High School parking lot
  • The installation of a new roof on the LISD bus barn and maintenance building
  • The installation of new theatre lights at the Mickey Melton Center
  • Replacing 35 rooftop air conditioners at South Ward Elementary
  • Fascia cleaning and repair at the Longview High building
  • Replacing Variable Air Volume units at Longview High
  • The installation of a new roof on the old SDC building
  • Replacing hydraulic pumps at Longview High

The proposal from Schneider Electric was also procured through the district's membership with The Interlocal Purchasing System (TIPS).

Please click here to download the resolution and related documentation.


About Longview ISD

Longview ISD is home to more than 8,400 students and 1,400 staff members, with our richly diverse student population reflecting our wonderful city and the East Texas area in general. But our educational offerings are just as diverse as our people, including everything from magnet charter school STEAM campuses to project-based learning.

For our youngest students we recently built a $31-million state-of-the-art campus that houses the largest public Montessori program in the United States. This year our Montessori program is expanding into the Ware Elementary campus, where it is expected to grow into the East Texas Montessori Academy for grades 1st through 5th. This is an elite, Montessori-style education free of charge to the entire community.

The district is one of the few in the United States that offers the esteemed International Baccalaureate Programme, with an increasing number of National Merit and GLOBE scholars. We lead East Texas in state TEA distinctions and dual-credit college hours earned, and each year we graduate more students to more prestigious universities than any other district in the region.

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