Brookfield Local School District has been awarded a $200,000 Ohio Nonprofit Hospitals and School Energy Efficiency Grant, Supt. Toby Gibson said.

The money will be used to upgrade the control system for the school’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning units.

The Ohio Department of Development said on its website that schools must have more than 60 percent of students who receive free and reduced-priced lunches to be eligible for the grant.

promoThe school board hired Plug Smart to do the work. The energy services company replaced lighting and upgraded plumbing fixtures on district properties in 2020.

The board waived competitive bidding requirements by claiming “urgent necessity and public exigency” in its April 13 motion.

The district has a short window to get the project done, said Treasurer Julie Sloan.

“The grant must be spent by Sept. 30,” she said.