Schools cut energy costs
New London School District saw the changes as an opportunity to do things differently with less.
In part of the district's strategic plan to pursue financial sustainability, it was the administrators goal to pursue efficiencies and cost containment. The 2011-12 budget was developed with this strategy in mind.
During the annual budget meeting on Sept 12, 2011, the district shared with school board members a list of areas with a percentage reduction in expenditures based off the 2010-11 budget.
One area was to reduce the districts kilowatt usage by 5 percent. To effectively reach this goal, administrators developed a kilowatt challenge contest for each school in the district.
The district divided the year into challenge periods: September to January and February to June.
During the regular scheduled school board meeting on Monday, March 13 Joe Marquardt, Director of Business Services, updated members on the Kilowatt challenge.
"The first half of the year was a tremendous success," Marquardt said in his administrative report.
Overall the district had a $28,000 reduction in kilowatt usage over last year's usage. It was also in this same time period last year when the district had an $8,000 increase over the 2009-10 year, according to Marquardt's administrative report.
Readfield Elementary School was the first winner of the contest with a 19.9 percent utility reduction over last year.
Readfield will receive $250 as an incentive. This amount was based on a percent of total savings.
The other schools are currently creating new ideas to make their individual school building the second half winner.
"Kudos goes to all staff throughout the district on energy conscious consumers," Marquardt said.
Project Lead the Way visits the Capitol
On Thursday, March 8 student representatives from the Middle School and High School had an opportunity to display Project Lead the Way (PLTW) projects for Legislators in Madison.
Students from 12 different middle schools and high schools in Wisconsin were invited to participate in the event.
Displays were set up in the Capitol Rotunda and students had the opportunity to share lessons they learned through their PLTW courses and the benefits of having PLTW education.
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