Hamburg entertains cost efficient proposal

In an effort to save money on lighting costs at the high school, Hamburg Area School Directors are entertaining a proposal that could save the district up to 75 percent of the cost to light the hallways at the school.

James Ballek of Lutron Electronics Company, Inc., Coopersburg, Lehigh County, told school directors that by reducing light levels in occupied hallways by 30 percent and unoccupied hallways by 90 percent the savings would be 30 and 90 percent, respectively.

“The greatest savings would be achieved by having lights on at a dim level,” Ballek said.

Unoccupied hallways would be reduced to 10 percent lighting through the use of dimmers and would increase to 70 percent when a sensor detects someone entering the hallway, according to Ballek.


The use of available daylight would dim the lights and add to the cost savings. When the school’s security system is armed at night the lighting would turn off.

Lutron’s proposal only included the materials part of the project.

“This (proposal) makes sense,” Superintendent Steven Keifer said. “With wireless technology we don’t have to run wires. We may have a proposal at the next meeting to vote on.”

Lutron invented the first solid state dimmer in 1959.

In other news, school directors acknowledged Laura O’Malley as a nominee for the Annie Sullivan Award.

The Berks County Intermediate Unit gives the award annually and recognizes local educators for their service to students with special needs.

O’Malley is a learning support teacher at Tilden Elementary Center.

In other news, school directors appointed Middle School math teacher Eric Schaeffer as Dean of Students for the remainder of the school year.

“We will be advertising for a Dean of Students for the 2013-14 school year,” Keifer said.

In other news, school directors accepted the retirements of the following teachers: Nanette Eisenhuth (high school science), Louise Keim (middle school special education), Joan LaPorte (high school special education), Joan Symons (elementary school) and Sandra Towels (middle school English).

School directors met in an executive session prior to the meeting to discuss contracts. No further details were available.

School director Todd Hummel was absent.

The next meeting of school directors is Monday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the James A. Gilmartin Community Room.