Clyde Consolidated Independent School District is putting $50,000 back into its schools.
The rebate check was obtained from an incentive to complete an energy efficiency project with Schneider Electric, a French energy management company, as a result of the successful second-phase energy efficiency project.
The company presented the check to the Clyde CISD school board, Monday evening.
This rebate allowed the district to switch to LED lighting upgrades, which is said to enhance safety in its schools.
However, before the deal, the district sought out companies to help reduce its energy consumption rates, due to challenges from aging infrastructure, like the HVAC units at both the junior high school and high school campuses and water fixtures.
This deal will allow more than $1 Million in energy savings over the next 20 years for the district. The new deal also comes with opportunities for teachers to reaccess and of course for students to have their learning needs met.
Clyde CISD school officials have great expectations for their students.
“We’re really focused on building leaders in our students and pushing our students and utilizing every source we have to be as successful as humanly possible,” Clyde Intermediate School Principal Gill Morphis explained.
Thanks to a partnership with Schneider Electric, teachers like special education teacher April Santiago, are able to improve their classroom delivery.
“I teach mainly math in my classroom, so we use manipulatives pretty regularly within my classroom,” Santiago said. “We use technology a lot. There’s all sorts of fun programs that we use.”
The Clyde CISD project also includes a number of utility cost saving tactics: LED lighting upgrades enhanced for safety, new HVAC roof-top units for classroom comfort and water fixtures to reduce consumption.
“Funds are always tight, just like any other district,” Santiago said. “It’s nice to finally get the things that we may need but it’s kind of been pushed on a back-burner.”
Every last penny from the $50,000 rebate goes straight to the district’s general fund.
Put things, like skills and tools in their hand, to be more successful to students, to meet and meet our students where they are,” Principal Morphis said. “It could be either through training that we’re able to send our teachers too, and/or direct resources that we put it in hands, whether it be technology resources.”
Funnelling back down to what their students need.
“There is always a need and the need is always growing for us to be able to provide our students with every opportunity,” Principal Morphis said.
KRBC spoke with Superintendent Berry who explained that looking to save with sizeable projects like this one, is only the beginning of savings for the district.