Perryville schools fire up savings

Perryville Superintendent Kevin Dunn
Perryville Superintendent Kevin Dunn

PERRYVILLE, MO (KFVS) - The Perryville School District is saving some cash thanks to a new boiler.

Perryville Superintendent Kevin Dunn says it will save the district about $30,000 per year.

"We are looking at $30,000 a year that the USDA projects for us," said Dunn. "That's just one aspect. The other aspect is that for us, it's replacing a boiler that's in the original old senior-high that was built in 1938. That's a huge asset that we know that could have to be replaced at any year, and now that doesn't have to be done."

The money for the nearly $1 million project came from a state grant program called "Fuels for Schools."

The program was designed to help create a stronger market for woody material that was typically thrown away, all while helping schools save on energy costs.

The project has already helped to add jobs as well.

Forty-three jobs have been added statewide, including some in the local forestry industry.

Along with saving the school money and creating jobs, conservationists say using the woody biomass could also increase thinning and improve maintenance and health in Missouri's forests.

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