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Polk County Enterprise - Local News
Stories Added - October 2009
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LISD energy conservation saved $156K for 2008-2009
Polk County Enterprise - October 2009

LIVINGSTON — The first annual report on a districtwide energy conservation report showed Livingston Independent School District saved $156,874.24, according to Director of Technology and Energy Management James Dickens. Dickens presented the report to trustees Tuesday during the board’s October meeting. In addition to saving taxpayers’ money on utility bills, Dickens said eliminating the 1,765,989 kilowatthours of electricity prevented the emission of tons of greenhouse gases. Dickens said those kilowatt-hours are the equivalent to the power used by more than 163 homes for a year, citing an Environmental Protection Agency website.

The eliminated emissions were the equivalent of annual exhaust emissions from 232 passenger vehicles for a year. In generating the nearly 1.8 million kilowatt-hours, Texas energy providers would have emitted: • 2.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide. • 3,196 pounds of sulfur dioxide (the toxic element of acid rain). • 2,189 pounds of nitrogen oxide. Based on previous monthly reports to the board, the utility cost reduction were largely realized by using electronic thermostats and related software which reduced the amount of time buildings had to be heated or cooled when not in use. Dickens office and maintenance staff are also able to monitor building temperatures remotely through district computer systems. Health Advisory Council LISD is launching a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) that will include parents, LISD nurses and physical education staff who will work together to promote good health, fitness, nutrition and interaction between the school, families and the community. The effort comes as a result of recently enacted legislation and will be supervised by Deputy Superintendent Diana Kelm. The SHAC will meet four times during the school year. Parents who are interested in representing their child’s campus on this council should contact Kelm at 936-328- 2205 for application information.

Trustees plan to decide on council members at a meting set for Nov. 2. Tax Collection Reports LISD Superintendent Dr. Darrell Meyers told trustees that delinquent taxes had increased about 20 percent. “That’s probably to be expected given our current economic condition,” Myers said. During the month of August, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson collected $99,598 in delinquent property taxes, penalties and interest, the report showed. Four lawsuits were filed totaling $19,518 in delinquent taxes. Another four lawsuits were resolved for $30,779 in delinquent taxes. Seventeen mobile home liens were released for a total of $8,631 and 26 lawsuits were set for sheriff’s sale. Trustees approved two requests for student overnight trips for the Region X All-Region Choir clinic and concert for junior high and high school choir members.

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