The Missouri Department of Conservation and Houston School District will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 13 to mark the completion of a new biomass boiler.

The event begins at 1:30 at the school, where the boiler and a renovated building is located.

The system is operational, said Dr. Allen Moss, superintendent.

The new unit will be a big plus for the district and reduce labor costs for staff  members who often were required to closely monitor the aged system, he told the board of education earlier. The system uses sawdust as fuel.

A Missouri Department of Conservation Fuels for Schools Grant paid $305,000 of the $800,000 project.

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