Majority of school district’s facilities investment will be funded directly from clean energy savings
Ridgeland, SC (June, 2019) — Jasper County School District (JCSD) and its facilities solutions partner SSC Services for Education (SSC) today announced an $8.5 million investment to make significant energy upgrades to the district’s facilities. After recognizing a need for facility retrofitting and significant equipment improvements, JCSD and SSC partnered with CMTA Energy Solutions (CMTA). The investment is projected to save the district $280,000 per year and is expected to be completed by the winter of 2020.
Once upgrades are completed, JCSD’s energy use intensity (EUI) rating will jump from 67th to 19th place among all school districts in South Carolina.
“Creating a safe and productive learning environment for our students has always been a top priority in all our schools,” said Dr. Rechel Anderson, Superintendent at Jasper County School District. “We are confident in our decision to work with our trusted partners to make our facilities healthier for our students and staff and, in the process, become one of the greenest districts in South Carolina.”
Beginning this summer, CMTA will begin the engineering design and specifications to replace nearly all JCSD’s rooftop HVAC units with new, state-of-the-art units designed for improved air quality that combat mold and reduce CO2 impact. In addition, all lighting will be upgraded to LED, with correct indoor lighting temperatures that create optimal learning environments. Brighter, directional exterior lighting will also be implemented for greater exterior safety while staying dark-sky compliant, reducing overall light pollution.
Additional improvements include upgraded thermostat controls for temperature scheduling efficiencies that reduce costs and maintain optimal learning environments; a solar array installed at the Administration building for more “green” energy production; and water efficiency upgrades such as reduced flow faucets, toilets, and urinals.
“Given how many hours students are at school each day, we often overlook how much a school’s physical environment can impact a student’s ability to flourish, both physically and mentally,” said David Payne, VP for Facilities at SSC Services for Education. “We’ve worked with Jasper County School District for seven months and we’re thrilled to help make such important improvements to their facilities. The updates will greatly improve the students’ learning environments and ensure Jasper County School District continues to be a pillar in the greater community.”
In all, these facility upgrades will create healthier learning environments for students, faculty and staff through improved air quality, better temperature controls, optimized lighting, and increased clean energy use.
To learn more about these plans and ongoing developments, please visit http://www.jcsd.net.
About SSC Services for Education
SSC Service for Education based in Knoxville, Tennessee provides customized facility solutions to over 130 educational clients in 24 states. Our 9,000+ employees partner with these educational institutions to further the success and well-being of students, staff, and faculty by delivering quality facilities programs – custodial, grounds, and maintenance. As a trusted and specialized provider, we are committed to enhancing educational settings and creating financial guarantees. With SSC, students and staff flourish in improved surroundings, while partner schools focus on their core objective: educating future generations. http://sscserv.com/
About Jasper County School District
Jasper County School District, an independent governmental entity, serves the entire county. The
District provides a full range of educational services at two locations with a staff of more than 200 teachers, 52.9 percent whom have advanced degrees. All schools are fully accredited by AdvancedEd. The District provides basic and advanced educational programs through its two campuses that serve approximately (as of 2017-18) 2,560 students in its Pre-K through 12th grade programs. The high school curriculum includes career/technical courses, as well as college preparatory programs. In addition, the District provides pre-school education for four-year old programs who are identified as at-risk and are in need of an intervention program to prepare them for school; programs for gifted and talented students designed to meet the special needs of the high ability learners; special education programs for all students who qualify; English as a Second Language Program, which provides academic support and English language instruction to elementary, middle, and high school students who are not proficient in English. The District provides vocational and career development skills through its participation, with Beaufort County, in the Academy for Career Excellence (BJACE), where high school students, grade ten and higher, may attend the academy to explore careers or enroll in a “completer program.” The District offers an Alternative Program, which provides a temporary option for middle and high school students who are experiencing difficulties in the regular school setting, and whose needs can be better met in an alternative educational setting. In addition, the District offers Homebound Instruction and Adult Education classes, which provide basic education courses, General Education Development (GED) State Equivalence Test; and high school diploma programs.
CMTA is a national engineering firm offering guaranteed energy savings performance contracting, MEP engineering, commissioning, technology design, and security analysis and design. The firm has 12 offices in 9 states and the District of Columbia. CMTA specializes in premium efficiency facility design, with over 2 million square feet of net zero energy facilities currently in operation.
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