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District awarded for cutting energy costs

US Lamp and Focus on Energy recognized the Clintonville Public School District’s efforts to improve lighting at school facilities.

More efficient lighting systems will save the district thousands of dollars going forward.

US Lamp, Inc. of Green Bay, and Focus on Energy, presented a plaque and a check to the Clintonville Public School District at the Monday, May 23 School Board meeting. The plaque is to recognize the Clintonville Public School District for their continuing efforts on improving the quality of the school environment, reducing energy costs within their district, and minimizing maintenance costs-all benefits to the taxpayers of the district.

The check, given to Building and Grounds Manager Steve Reinke by Don Keck of Focus on Energy, totaling $54,989.98 was the grant given for this project. During the spring of 2010, Randy Johnson and Jeremy Bellile of US Lamp, Inc. worked with the Clintonville School District to participate in the Focus on Energy Whole Building Lighting Program.

To qualify for the program, the school district needed to contract with a company that has a lighting certified designer (LC) or professional engineer (PE) trained in lighting design within their company. Randy Johnson, President of US Lamp, is an LC and also a Licensed Designer of Engineering Systems with the State of Wisconsin.

US Lamp was contracted to conduct a detailed audit of every room within the Middle School, DelIwood, and Longfellow Schools, comparing the existing equipment to currently available state-of-the-art lighting technologies. US Lamp designed a high efficiency, cost effective lighting solution that allowed a majority of the existing lighting fixtures to be upgraded rather than replaced. Other areas that had obsolete lighting systems were redesigned with high efficiency fixtures and incorporated into the solution.

Additionally, occupancy sensors and day lighting controls were included to further reduce energy, by turning lighting off in unoccupied or day lit spaces. The overall lighting project was implemented during the fall of 2010.

This project estimates over $31,000 per year in energy savings .This project has a payback period of six years while providing correct light levels for the various types of activity throughout the District. Additionally, there are significant environmental benefits including a reduction of 493,839 pounds of CO2, 1,635,843 pounds of sulfur dioxide, and 864,219 pounds of nitrogen oxide from the atmosphere through this reduction in energy use.

The board was also addressed by Dick Bennett and Jack Bennet, who requested that the school move forward with naming the high school basketball court after Coach Carl Bruggink.

“It is a privilege and pleasure to support honoring former teacher and basketball coach Carl Bruggink with the naming of the high school court after him,” began Jack Bennett, reading a letter distributed to board members. “There are people who have a fleeting impact on a school and community in today’s world. Carl Bruggink is the antithesis to this fact. The man gave his entire professional life to the students and athletes of Clintonville. Along the way, he won hundreds of basketball games, two state titles, and numerous conference and tourney titles. He has served in many capacities with the Clintonville school district, coached tennis, and was a respected athletic director. He has given back to the community through his church and service club affiliations. Clearly, it’s his tireless dedication as the Trucker basketball coach that will be his lasting legacy.

“More importantly, Coach Carl Bruggink inspired many of his pupils to pursue admirable goals in education, business, athletics, and other professional endeavors,” he continued. “He simply is an inspiration to many of us who have coached for a living. He made basketball fun while being a fierce competitor. He coached with passion, honesty, and integrity. I believe I speak for many when I say we were honored to have been taught and coached by one of the finest gentlemen to serve this community. Carl’s wife, Judy, has been by his side throughout their journey. They have raised an outstanding family and have done things the right way on a consistent basis. I believe it is time to honor the man who put Clintonville Trucker basketball on the state map by naming the “Coach Carl Bruggink Court” as soon as possible.”

The board voted unanimously to move forward with naming the basketball court after Bruggink. Designs and wording will be discussed and the court is expected to be dedicated before next year’s basketball season.

The board also heard ongoing presentations from Camera Corner Connecting Point regarding the districts technology infrastructure. Though no official proposals were given, the district was told that necessary technology infrastructure upgrades will cost around $170,000. Additional upgrades such as adding wireless internet access to the schools was also discussed, but no official proposal has been presented and the board has yet to take action on this item.

The board went on to approve the following items:

• Extra-curricular hires of Jamie Kriewaldt as freshman volleyball coach; Carl Bruggink as assistant girls basketball coach;

• Elementary (K-4) General Music Teacher hire of Kevin Hage, beginning with the 2011-12 school year;

• Granting diplomas to seniors who have met the requirements for graduation set by board policy. The graduation ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 10, in the Field house. There are between 137-141 students who will graduate, pending successful completion of all course requirements;

• Sending letters of congratulations to the students graduating with honors in the class of 2011, and also to their parents, and that appropriate plaques be presented to them at graduation. There are 26 Honor Graduates this year;

• Orders for textbooks, workbooks, computers, subscriptions and necessary supplies, plus arrangements for necessary maintenance projects in preparation for the 2011-12 school year;

• Membership with the WIAA for 2011-12;

• Second readings of Policy #3215 (Registration Fees) and Policy #3252 (Food Service Fees).

The board tabled or took no action on the following items:

• Personnel and staffing matters for 2011-12 (no action taken);

• Kraut Festival parade request: band attendance has been requested for the Kraut Festival Parade, which is the weekend between Embarrass Fun Daze and the Clintonville Firemen’s Festival Parades. The board will discuss the request with middle school and high school band teachers to determine the availability of one or both bands.

The next School Board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 13, in the middle school IMC.

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