WHITEFIELD — The White Mountains Regional School District will be selling off approximately 200 air purifiers. The school board on Oct. 12 agreed to liquidate the Whirlpool Whispure units, which were purchased with federal COVID aid to assist with the return to in-person school. WMRSD unplugged the air purifiers on July 1 to save approximately $32,000 annually as part of $750,000 in spending reductions under the default budget. That accounts for $20,000 in electric costs to operate the units in every classroom and office for the 186-day school year, and $12,000 to replace the filters twice annually. The decision was made possible because (1) The collective bargaining agreement, effective July 1, no longer required the units to be used, and (2) The World Health Organization officially declared the COVID pandemic over on May 5, 2023.
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