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Energy Efficiency Projects

Reducing energy use and the District's carbon footprint are important priorities of Shorewood Schools. To help reduce energy costs, the Shorewood School Board approved an energy efficiency project during the fall of 2012. As part of the project, the District's lighting, plumbing, HVAC components and controls will be repaired, replaced and/or upgraded throughout the summer of 2013.

The projects will cost roughly $5.9 million; however, once complete, they will save the District a minimum of $363,000 annually in energy costs. (Honeywell, the District's energy partner, is guaranteeing at least $363,000 in savings.) The projects will also reduce the District's carbon footprint by 2085 metric tons of natural gas and 1592 metric tons of electricity, moving Shorewood into the future with reduced energy use and decreased utility costs, benefiting both the school system and its taxpayers.

Please see the Commonly Asked Questions below for more information.

What types of projects are being completed?

The District is completing a variety of projects at each of its schools. For example, new, more energy efficient light fixtures, lighting ballasts, and light bulbs have been installed at all the schools. Besides saving money, the new lights also mimic natural light, creating a more calming atmosphere for students and teachers. In addition to lighting, the District is also replacing many of its outdated plumbing components with newer models, which are designed so that Shorewood uses less water. HVAC components, like boilers and temperature controls, will also be replaced. The repairs will not only reduce the energy use, but will decrease utility costs, saving the District, and its taxpayers, money each year.

How will classes be affected?

Day-to-day student life will not be affected since most of the repairs will not get underway until the school year wraps up. Additionally, the work completed before the end of the school year has been done at night, minimizing interruptions for students, staff and teachers.

Will any District facilities be closed as a result of the repairs?

Yes. The SHS pool will be closed from August 5th-9th, the high school arena will be closed in July from the 22nd through August 4th, and the SHS North Gym will be closed from July 1st-19th. The lower level of the SHS PE building will be closed throughout most of the summer, from June 17th through August 1st. Despite the closures, however, the SHS Alumni Sock Hop, scheduled for July 13th in the Youth Center, will still take place. There will also be no hot water in the District throughout July except for the VHE pool and the Fitness Center.

Finally, because of the construction, parking will be limited at SHS throughout the summer months.

Please be sure to check the District website throughout the summer for additional closing information.

How is the District paying for these repairs?

The Shorewood School Board approved the energy efficiency projects in September 2012. According to estimates, the projects will cost roughly $5.9 million. However, with the repairs, the District expects to save more than $363,000 each year on utility costs, which it will put toward the 15-year, $6 million borrow. The District will make interest-only payments until 2019, so that there will not be a net tax levy impact from the projects until that time.

District Calendar

    • TueFeb27 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM
    • TueMar13 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM
    • MonMar19 Advanced Learning Information Session 6:00 PMSHS Library

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