Upgrades made during holiday break

After attending The Green School Summit in Lincoln in October, Joe Shea, Director of Operations for Broken Bow Public Schools, came home with lots of ideas. Armed with the desire to make the Broken Bow schools more efficient and environmentally friendly, Shea presented his ideas for accomplishing that to the Broken Bow School Board at the November meeting. One phase of that plan is being completed while students are enjoying their holiday break from the classroom. This week’s focus is on the district’s two elementary schools, with the lighting being upgraded to more energy efficient florescent bulbs in both Custer and North Park. The tile floor in the gym/cafeteria at Custer is also being replaced this week. Shea says the district has actually been moving toward the goal of being more energy efficient for about 12 years. He says lots of information was presented at the summit regarding the importance of the learning environment to the education of our children. Future facilities projects at the elementary schools also include updating the boiler system, replacing the windows at Custer, adding air conditioning to the classrooms at both schools and replacing the existing roof system at North Park. Insulation will also be added to the roof at North Park, and Shea says that building is the district’s third highest gas usage facility because a good portion of the heat is lost through the roof. Shea noted that utilities are the district’s second largest expenditure. “We need to quit heating the city of Broken Bow,” said Shea.