Lee’s Summit School District


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The Lee’s Summit R-VII School District has made a special commitment to energy efficiency – in 2010 it partnered with TRANE to improve its building infrastructure and it is using those improvements to educate students throughout the process.

The Lee’s Summit School District is making needed improvements to District buildings to save costs and to improve energy efficiency.  This creates an even better learning environment for the elementary, middle and high school students.  The upgrades are estimated to save the district $220,000 annually.

Facility improvements include:

  • Replaced 124 HVAC units with energy-efficient HVAC units and controls
  • Lighting upgrades
  • Occupancy sensors
  • High-efficiency chiller and boiler replacements
  • Water efficiency upgrades
  • Heat wheel replacement
In The News

Lee’s Summit Schools featured at MASA: The Advocate Newsletter (March 2011)
District continuing energy-savings efforts
: The Green SuMMit Dispatch (July 2010)
Lee’s Summit Going Green and Saving Green: The Advocate Newsletter (June 2010)

Helicopter Lift

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Five elementary schools in Kansas City’s Lee’s Summit R-7 School District received 124 new, energy-efficient Trane heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) units in July 2010.  The new units were part of a significant energy-savings performance contract with Kansas City Trane that will save the district $220,000 annually.

Building improvements identified in the contract for Lee’s Summit included 124 energy-efficient HVAC replacement units and controls, lighting upgrades, occupancy sensors, high-efficiency chiller and boiler replacements, water efficiency upgrades, and one heat wheel replacement.  Ryan McConnell, Trane District Construction Manager III, began planning 124 unit replacement in May 2010 and determined that helicopter lifts would be the most efficient way to facilitate the job.

A team of more than 30 people, from four different companies, joined forces and worked for weeks to ensure that the unit replacements were completed with no delay.  The team completed an unbelievable 248 helicopter pick-ups in only eight hours and worked around an airspace restriction due to a visit from President Obama.  “Great preparation by Trane resulted in a smooth and seamless transition,” said Rick Steagall, Energy Manager for Lee’s Summit R-7 School District.

Energy performance contracting allowed the Lee’s Summit School District to “go green” and become more energy efficient without spending precious capital improvement funds or increasing mill levels.  “In this case, they allowed the customer to achieve their energy reduction goals set by board members while updating their aging infrastructure” said Chad Remboldt, Education Facilities Consultant for Trane.

Rewards and Recognition

Dr. Tom Kurucz, deputy superintendent of operations for the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District in 2010, was recently honored by the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International with its Pinnacle of Achievement Award for an innovative project that eliminated diesel costs, improved the air quality within the schools and redirected money toward classrooms.  The association is honoring just three members nationally with the Pinnacle Award this year, and Dr. Kurucz is the only winner from Missouri or Kansas.  He is the fourth Missourian to receive the award since its inception.

Click here to learn more about the Pinnacle of Achievement Award.

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