Read Dr. Larson's earlier Community Columns below or here.
In 2014, voters authorized Glenbard District 87 to issue $35 million in bonds to help finance critical renovations and repairs to our four high schools and a classroom addition as part of our 10-year, $100 million Master Facility Plan. We will invest an additional $65 million from our capital improvement operations budget to fund a myriad of projects, including:
• Renovating classrooms, science labs, locker rooms and restrooms
• Upgrading mechanical systems
• Upgrading computer & electrical power distribution system
• Improving visitor entrance security
• Replacing roofing
• Upgrading energy efficient lighting
To date, we have spent $80 million, more than half of which was invested in mechanical system improvements. A major area of focus of the work has been on energy efficiency, and the significant improvements we’ve made in all of our buildings will result in reduced energy use and cost savings. In the past three years, we have replaced decades-old boilers, chillers, air handling units and outdated lighting systems, many that were original to their building’s construction.
We have invested more than $40 million in replacing or adding mechanical systems. One of our key referendum commitments was to add air conditioning at Glenbard East and Glenbard West, and this was completed in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Even with the addition of air conditioning at these schools, we project $320,000 in net annual energy savings.
We also realized one-time costs savings through energy rebate grants. We have applied for $1.4 million in energy rebates and have received $1 million in payments to date.
As part of our energy savings initiative, we will apply for the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® certification. ENERGY STAR® is a joint program of the EPA and Department of Energy. Its goal is to help consumers, businesses, and industry save money and protect the environment through the adoption of energy efficient products and practices. The ENERGY STAR® label identifies top performing, cost-effective products, homes, and buildings.
I am proud of our Board of Education's vision and our school administrators’ leadership in driving cost effective, efficient solutions that free up resources for instruction. By leveraging state-of-the-art energy controls systems and following our district’s energy standards we will ensure that we meet our savings targets.
Energy savings projects implemented in the past three years:
• Replaced heating plants with low-pressure, energy efficient boilers
• Installed energy efficient LED lighting & new ceilings
• Added air conditioning at Glenbard East and Glenbard West
• Installed green roofs & solar panels on classroom addition at Glenbard West
• Replaced multiple air handling units
• Replaced cooling plant with energy efficient chillers at Glenbard North and Glenbard South
We will continue to focus on cost savings and efficiency to maximize taxpayer dollars targeted for instruction.
David F. Larson, Ed.D.
Read Dr. Larson's earlier essays below
2017-18 Community Columns
Technology transforming everyday life, future here
Preparing for the future of work here
Good to see summer learning becoming the norm here
2016-17 Community Columns
Education is not just another commodity here
Public schools benefit from richness of diversity here
Be wary of snake oil salesmen in education here
Characteristics of Strong Education Systems here
Leveraging the election for growth here
Glenbard emphasizes importance of service to others here
Challenging courses prepare teens for college, careers here
High School Parenting is Gardening, Not Carpentry here
Fight the Summer Slide here
2015-16 Community Columns
Equity in Advanced Placement here
Growth Mindset Makes a Difference here
Send Consistent Message Opposing Underage Drinking here
Hold Hands and Stick Together here
The Value of Rigor in the Classroom here
Studying the Arts Enhances Student Achievement here
Parent Involvement is Important here
Making America Great Again here
Property Tax Freeze Would Harm Students here
Teachers Advance Their Craft During Summer here.
2014-15 Community Columns
Be Wary; Education Cuts Never Heal here
Increasing Responsibilities of Public Education here
The Governor's Playbook for Compassion here
Important Partnership here
Strategic Planning Key to Success of iPad Implementation here
The "Year of Over Testing" here
School Funding Reform Act Senate Bill 16 here
Watch the Screen Time here
2013-14 Community Columns
Impressive Community Support here
New Year's Resolution here
Celebrating Diversity here
Shrinking Middle Class here
Fight Summer Learning Loss here
2012-13 Community Columns
Public Education is Inclusive, Diverse here
Transparency Builds Community Trust here
Technology Will Transform Learning here
High Levels Of Communication here
Pension Reform Observations here
Key Habits of Fiscally Responsible Districts here
High Expectations For All here
Those Special Teachers here