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Ypsilanti Schools accept transportation consolidation
By Adrienne Ziegler
Jun. 8, 2010   ·   3:07 p.m.

Connie Shelton, an East Middle School Teacher, speaks against the WISD transportation consolidation plan at Monday's special meeting of the Ypsilanti Board of Education. The board approved the motion to join the consolidation by a vote of 5 to 2.

"Shame on you" echoed through the audience Monday night after the Ypsilanti Public Schools Board of Education approved a plan to join a countywide consolidated...read more

Willow Run appoints new board member
By Adrienne Ziegler
Jun. 5, 2010   ·   8:16 a.m.

The Willow Run School Board looks on as Kristine Thomas, a district parent and previous board member, is sworn in as trustee on Thursday night. Thomas will take the position of Joi Jenson who resigned in early May.

The Willow Run School Board appointed a new, yet familiar trustee to the board of education during their regular meeting Thursday night.

Kristine Thomas, a Willow...read more

Willow Run approves county-wide transportation plan
By Adrienne Ziegler
May. 27, 2010   ·   2:09 p.m.

The Willow Run School District signed on to a countywide consolidated transportation plan at their regular board meeting last week.

The plan aims to save transportation...read more

Lincoln offers summer courses to area high-schoolers
By Mark Tower
May. 26, 2010   ·   7:49 p.m.

Students from Lincoln and other nearby districts are being invited to participate in Lincoln High School's Summer Academy this year, registration for which opened...read more

Willow Run terminates student services administrator
By Adrienne Ziegler
May. 26, 2010   ·   12:26 a.m.

Willow Run School Board President Sheri Washington said she didn't know if the district was going to press charges against former Student Services Administrator Laconda Hicks after the board fired Hicks during a special meeting Tuesday night.

The Willow Run Board of Education unanimously voted to terminate its contract with former Student Services Administrator Laconda Hicks Tuesday night during a special...read more

Lincoln sees savings from energy program

Energy Education presented Lincoln with an environmental excellence award for environmental and financial resource stewardship. From left, Superintendent Lynn Cleary, School Board President Kimberly Samuelson, Jim Harless, Bob Grosshans and Michael Bitar. Photo by Christine Laughren

Energy Education presented Lincoln with an environmental excellence award for environmental and financial resource stewardship. From left, Superintendent Lynn Cleary, School Board President Kimberly Samuelson, Jim Harless, Bob Grosshans and Michael Bitar.
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Higher savings expected after contract ends with consulting company

By Christine Laughren
Oct. 14, 2009    ·    2:43 p.m.

Lincoln Consolidated School District reported it has saved more than $380,000 in energy expenses this year.

That’s nearly 30 percent in energy savings according to Bob Grosshans, the district’s energy education specialist.

Lincoln launched its energy program three years ago with help of Energy Education, a Texas-based energy consulting company. In the district’s three years with the program it is estimated the cumulative greenhouse gas reduction is equivalent to 1,035 passenger cars not driven for one year and 147,466 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.

“Quite a large carbon footprint has been eliminated through our energy savings over the last three years,” Grosshans said at Monday evening’s board of education meeting.

The four-year program with Energy Education will continue until the end of next year, when the district’s contract with the company is finished. In the three years the district has been working with the company, it is estimated Lincoln has saved $988,000.

Energy Education calculates savings by subtracting the expected energy cost - the district’s base year energy consumption, adjusted for changes in weather, equipment, schedules, occupancy and prices – from the district’s actual energy cost.

Lincoln pays Energy Education $109,000 a year for consultation and approximately $21,000 a year to Grosshans, a retired Lincoln teacher. The district’s net savings in the past year was $280,000. Lincoln expects to spend approximately $135,000 in its final year with Energy Education.

Michael Bitar, president of Energy Education’s Midwest division, said as long as the district continues to employ an energy specialist after the program is complete, Energy Education would continue to calculate Lincoln’s energy savings at no charge. If Lincoln continues the program next year, the cost would be approximately $24,700, resulting in a possible net savings of nearly $450,000

“This is money that DTE doesn’t get, Excelon doesn’t get, it stays in the district and that’s the important thing, Grosshans said.

Most of the energy savings are realized in the summer months when the buildings run less electricity. As an energy specialist, Grosshans works with the district's maintenance staff and other district employees to help reinforce energy saving techniques that can range from difficult jobs, like fixing exhaust fans and ventalation systems, to simple jobs, like making sure the lights are off.

Skilled Maintenance employee Jim Harless, who oversees the district’s energy management system, said the Energy Education program has been very valuable.

Harless said Groshann’s has found a lot of unnecessary energy consumption in the building that would have gone unnoticed otherwise.

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