By Katherine Parker
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — Norman Public Schools Board of Education discussed the positives of energy conservation at a regular board meeting Monday night.
Jerry Privett, energy education specialist and safety coordinator, presented the board with an update regarding the district’s energy conservation program, which the district began during the 2011-2012 school year.
“Since July 2011, Norman Public Schools has reduced its energy consumption and saved $886,366,” Privett said. “We still have about six months to go and by the end of three years, I hope we’ll have saved $1 million.”
Since beginning the energy conservation program, Norman Public Schools partnered with Cenergistic Inc. and has done the following: published and distributed energy guidelines, managed energy programs, monitored buildings for compliance with guidelines, kept records of energy consumption, and maintained and communicated monthly costs to each site.
Energy consumption has been measured by using EnergyCAP, an energy specific software. Savings are reported as “cost avoidance,” the actual cost minus the baseline adjusted to current costs. The baseline is July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011.
One of the major ways the school district has cut energy costs is by participating in energy-saving programs with OGE, ONG and CLEAResult.
Norman Public Schools replaced more than 300 faucet aerators in hand washing sinks, as well as replaced discontinued T-12 lights and ballasts at Longfellow Middle School and Eisenhower Elementary School.
Privett said the district also has focused on shutting down buildings at nights, weekends and breaks to help reduce energy costs.
Additionally, the board approved the award of $2,000,000 General Obligation Building Bonds, Series 2014, to the lowest and best bidder, which was UMB Bank of Kansas Missouri, with 1.258571 percent interest rate. The board also adopted a resolution for the issuance of the $2,000,000 General Obligation Building Bonds, Series 2014.
Next, the board approved a resolution regarding the Cleveland County Hazard Mitigation Plan after hearing a presentation from David Grizzle, city of Norman emergency management coordinator.
The Oklahoma Hazard Mitigation Plan has been approved by FEMA, pending adoption by Cleveland County commissioners and the governing councils and board of each jurisdiction participating in the plan.
“In the out-years of these recent disasters, money will continue to flow,” Grizzle said of the passing of the Oklahoma Hazard Mitigation Plan. “It identifies all hazards that all jurisdictions think they’d be prone to, and the hazards themselves create projects that the plan can fund.”
Beth Kahn, health services coordinator, provided information about recent 2013 Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business and School Awards. Norman Public Schools was given a Certified Healthy Business Award for the third year in a row.
Kahn said this year, the district received an excellent rating, which is the highest a business can obtain. The award is based on several factors such as health and nutrition, physical opportunities for employees, tobacco-free environments, wellness policies and more.
Lastly, the board listened to an update about NPS Technology Plan 2014-2017 by Kathryn Lewis, media services and instructional technology director.
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