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Hall schools consider LED lighting in gyms
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The Hall County school system is looking at installing LED lighting in its gymnasiums districtwide.

“Bottom line is we have extremely inefficient lighting in all of our gymnasiums,” Superintendent Will Schofield told the Board of Education during a Monday night work session.

The system could save $80,000 to $100,000 per year “in power bills in changing out the lighting,” he said.

“If you could snap your finger today and replace (current) lights with these new LED lights, would the cost of keeping them up be more or less than what we have now?” Schofield said. “I think the answer is significantly less.”

The initiative also would save on maintenance efforts, said Matt Cox, director of facilities for Hall County Schools.

When a crew is in a particular school, “we replace any lights we have out at the time, but there’s no guarantee that when we move that lift off the property that we’re not going to have another one go out,” he said.

Officials are looking to send out a request for qualifications from vendors interested in the project.

Georgia Power, which has done an initial study, “has given us enough information to know that this is a very lucrative idea, something that would save us money,” Cox said.

The project would be done outside school hours and could be completed throughout the system in several months, he said.

“It would probably be a couple of months from now before we would have a provider, if this is something you’re interested in,” Cox told the school board.

In other business, the board voted to name Jennifer Westbrook principal of Mount Vernon Exploratory School in North Hall.

She was assistant principal at Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy in Gainesville since 2011. Westbrook has taught in Buford and Gainesville city schools. She lives in the North Hall area.

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