Energy-positive schools, Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium discussed at HCS meeting

CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – Several discussion items were brought up in a two-hour long Horry County Board of Education meeting on Monday night.

Updates to Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium took up a significant amount of time, as City of Myrtle Beach Councilman Wayne Gray presented information about renovations to the board.

Gray presented design plans for the stadium’s new field rooms, press box, entry and exit plaza, and additional seating. There are about a dozen updates Gray said need to be made to the almost-50-year-old stadium.

Gray and the City of Myrtle Beach are asking the school district to pay for about $2 million of the $5 million project.

“I do not, at this point, know where we’re going to be with providing the money and the funds,” said Horry County Board of Education Chairman Joe DeFeo. “It was a very good presentation but we have to look at how much we believe would be our normal responsibility if it was our stadium.”

DeFeo said he hopes the board can come to a decision about the stadium funding in about a month.

News 13 also asked DeFeo about a recent discrepancy between studies done on the five new energy-positive schools being built in Horry County.

One software program called Sefaira gathered data and said the school designs were not energy-positive but another analysis done said the designs were energy-positive. DeFeo said this is not a concern because the Sefaira analysis did not take all parts of the designs into account.

“The Sefaira model, which was required by all the builders to use, does not have certain elements in it,” said DeFeo. “It does not have commercial geothermal heat pumps. It does not have other elements. So it was incapable of seeing whether the schools would be energy-positive or not.”


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