As many of you know, our great nation is currently in an economic recession of gargantuan proportion. This recession is leading to a dramatic reduction in the tax revenues collected by our state which has reduced our education funds earmarked for school expenses. This being said, one of the school’s main concerns is cutting down on spending. A way to do this is to cut down on the high energy cost it takes to run Walker High School. Dr. Sparkman has recently appointed Steve Lane to the task of keeping the schools energy consumption in check. Ryan May and Kyle Taylor recently conducted an interview with Mr. Lane to discuss current development on the issue.
When asked about what his job entailed, Mr. Lane boldly replied, “To ensure the future of Walker High School students by conserving energy.” This statement not only means cutting down energy costs school wide but ensuring that everyone is active in the process. To accomplish this, Mr. Lane has stated that everyone must do their part by cutting off lights when they are not in the classroom, turning computers all the way off (not just putting them in sleep mode), and ensuring that all the equipment is off after hours. Mr. Lane stated that the school spends a gross sum of $75,000 on energy cost a month. Mr. Lane stated that while this cost is high, they are working on making it lower. They believe that they could lower the cost by $250,000 annually if they would simply follow the above guidelines. Mr. Lane is meeting with faculty members to educate them about these simple ways to reduce energy bills. He is also constantly monitoring our school buildings to check for wasteful energy use.
Reporter Ryan May recently interviewed Dr. Sparkman, our school superintendent, on the energy cost. Dr. Sparkman stated that the parent company leading our conservation efforts is known as Energy Education. Energy Education is a ‘going green’ company that works to help cut down energy cost for schools across the nation. Dr. Sparkman said th
at by partnering with this company, it is a “win-win” situation. Dr. Sparkman stated that through the use of the new energy plan, the program will be funded by the money saved through our gallant efforts. The company also assures them reimbursement for the difference. Dr. Sparkman also stated, “Whatever money we save will be put back into technology for the schools.” Dr. Sparkman said that this is part of a five year project that’s goal is to provide every classroom with a uniform setup. This setup would include smart boards, LCD printers and screens, and other up to date technology. Dr. Sparkman also explained that they have plans to revamp the computer lab to be more efficient and up to date.
Dr. Sparkman also stated that the school system is “very unusual” because while there is an increasing trend for school’s power bills to go up, yet ours has gone down. Dr. Sparkman commented that while the changes will come drastically he said he wants to make sure that “everyone will still be comfortable and will be able to save most of our energy when people are not around.” Dr. Sparkman also remarked that while energy cost is the schools largest expense they are doing their best to cut down on all expenditures.
By: Ryan May and Kyle Taylor