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Energy audit paying off with lower bills for LISD
Polk County Enterprise - January 2009
LIVINGSTON – Livingston I.S.D. saved nearly $53,000 over a three-month period ending Nov. 30 by reducing electrical usage at the district’s 14 facilities. Director of Technology and Energy Management James Dickens reported the savings to the board in a spreadsheet that detailed the cost avoidance and percentage of kilowatt hours saved. Overall the district shaved 25.48 percent off of its kilowatt usage for the period. Savings were based on usage statistics from the same period in 2007. Board members will review an energy audit report on power usage during September which showed a total cost avoidance of $28,531.89, LISD records show. In October, electric costs were reduced by $11,691.41 and by $12,740.64 in November. Pine Ridge Elementary made the largest reduction by percentage with a 44.44 percent decrease in kilowatthours used, saving $7,922.85. The intermediate campus posted a 41.5 percent reduction in kilowatthours, cutting costs by $10,925.62. The high school campus reduced kilowatt-hours used by 23 percent saving $11,094.48 (producing the largest overall cost reduction). The junior high cut kilowatt-hours by 21 percent saving $8,757.04. Timber Creek cut electricity usage by 37.29 percent, saving $8,299.45. Overall kilowatt savings was close to 616,000 kilowatt hours, which is equal to the power consumed by 44 average homes for a year. Dickens also told the board he would be requesting that Eastex Telephone, which services the location of the future high school, allow Livingston Telephone to provide telephone and Internet network service for ease in connection and billing. The board received an activity report from Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, the district’s delinquent tax collection attorneys. The fi rm collected $53,909 in past due taxes, penalty and interest in November. Twenty-one lawsuits were fi led totaling $38,833 in delinquent taxes. Another seven cases were resolved for an amount of $33,806 and 17 mobile home liens were released for $11,570. In December, the fi rm collected $53,615, fi led eight lawsuits totaling $19,827; resolved 10 lawsuits for $41,558; released fi ve mobile home liens for $1,639 and settled 39 cases set for the sheriff’s sale. Director of Plant Services Terry Jordan reported to the board that the lighting equipment in the high school auditorium is in need of replacement. Jordan said that the equipment is at least as old as the building because it was brought over from the previous auditorium in 1979. It isn’t known how old the equipment was at that time. Jordan said various pieces of the lighting system are in disrepair and pose safety hazards. He also told the board that repairing or replacing any part of the equipment would require the school to bring the entire system up to current safety code. School resource offi cers at Livingston High School handled one case of possession of marijuana, one disorderly conduct-fi ghting incident and one assault during the month of December. Offi cers on the LHS campus handled a total of 21 incidents during the fall semester. On the junior high campus, the offi cer issued one citation for minor in possession of tobacco and one citation for possession of drug paraphernalia in December. Juvenile probation offi cers took 14 at-risk students on a tour of the Texas Youth Commission Crockett State School on Dec. 4. On Dec. 17, probation officers presented a program to ESL students at the intermediate campus on the consequences of gang behavior. The board approved requests for overnight travel Feb. 19 to 22 to allow FFA students to participate in the San Antonio Livestock Show. Trustees also reviewed the list of approved advanced placement courses offered to LHS students effective December 2008. L.I.S.D. trustees were entertained Tuesday evening by students from each of the district’s campuses in honor of School Board Recognition Month. School board members were serenaded by third-graders from Pine Ridge Elementary, thanked by letters from Timber Creek Elementary, treated to a poem by Intermediate School students and given gifts by Junior High Honor Society members. Several of the first students to gain certification as Certified Nurse’s Aides thanked the board for its implementation and support of the health science and technology program at the high school.