County school board members usually spend their time figuring how to pay the school system's bills. But today, they're set to receive a $54,000 rebate from the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.
With more than 20 items on the agenda for the daylong meeting, board members will pause long enough to receive a check -- a reward for installing a thermal storage cooling system at Southern Middle School in Lothian.
The BG & E Cool Reserve Incentive Program pays rebates to industrial and commercial customers who install the energy-saving systems, and Southern Middle is the first recipient of money from the program.
The thermal storage units conserve energy by freezing water at night when BG & E rates are lower, then using large ice cubes formed overnight to cool the building. The systems reduce the need to run traditional air-conditioning units during school hours.
Southern Middle is the seventh county school to take advantage of the thermal storage technology. Windsor Farm, Crofton Meadows, Severn, Arnold and Point Pleasant elementary schools, along with Chesapeake Bay Middle school, are using similar systems, but were on line before the Cool Reserve Incentive program began offering rebates.
In other business, board members have a full agenda, including a review of the 1992 capital budget and a presentation by students from Parole Elementary.
The eight-member board is also expected vote on appointments to the school system's Human Relations Committee, finalize dates for the 1992 Budget Calendar and review new state-imposed requirements under the Maryland School Performance program, which outlines new procedures for assessing school systems in the state.
The criteria for selecting the federally financed Chapter 1, remedial math and reading programs will be discussed. And design plans for the new Meade Middle school will be reviewed, as the board votes on the contract award for its design.
Other agenda items include review of ISIS, the $50 million integrated computer system, which will eventually connect all county schools and central office for instruction and record-keeping.
Plans for the sound abatement agreement with Glen Burnie Park and Oakwood elementary schools will also be discussed. Both schools are located near Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
And spokesmen from the board's construction department will discuss the status of ongoing school building projects.
The board meeting begins at 9 a.m. at the Board of Education Administration building at 2644 Riva Road.