Career Center looks for ‘cool’ funds

The Barnwell County Career Center is looking to the county for funds to replace its aging air-cooled chiller (air conditioner).
During their Jan. 15 meeting, the board discussed how to fund the replacement of the chiller, which BCCC Director Sam McKay said is on its "last leg." He said they need approximately half the cost of a new chiller - an estimated $52,000 by one company - as leftover capital improvement funds will pay for the rest.
McKay called Barnwell County Administrator Pickens Williams Jr., who told McKay he could present his case before the county's finance committee. Any funds would also have to be approved by the full county council.
Finding the money will determine if this project can move forward, said McKay. "It needs to be done," he said, preferably before the chiller completely quits and leaves the classrooms in the school's main building without air conditioning.
The board previously received bids from three companies, but has made no decision on which one to go with.
In other news, the board tabled McKay's annual evaluation as three board members were not in attendance.
The board will likely discuss the issue at their next meeting, which has been set for Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. in the school's conference room.