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It was the students at Southeast of Saline (SES) school district who envisioned and promoted high performance upgrades in their district to initiate a $1.4 million infrastructure improvement effort that is projected to cut energy consumption by at least 21 percent, saving about $83,000 per year in energy and operating costs. Just as importantly, the project has improved the learning and teaching environment and has served to build student interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

Impressed by commitment of their students to improving their school’s performance, the SES district leaders put into action a plan to make the infrastructure improvements. Facing tough budgets, the school board used a creative approach to finance the $1.4 million in improvements using a performance contract under the state’s Facility Conservation Improvement Program that uses guaranteed savings in energy and operating costs to pay for the project. SES worked with Trane on HVAC improvements to improve efficiency, indoor air quality and thermal comfort. Trane also donated a new Tracer Summit™ building automation system (BAS) to help optimize HVAC comfort and efficiency. Philips Lighting donated 4,000 high-efficiency bulbs for the lighting improvement portion of the project.

The HVAC and lighting improvements are expected to save SES about $83,000 per year ($29,657 in guaranteed energy savings and $53,953 in operating and maintenance costs) over the fifteen year performance contract. Savings are being validated and verified by International Performance Measurement Verification Protocol (IPMVP) Option A Calibrated Simulation and Option D Stipulated Savings. Dr. Justin Henry, SES Superintendent, said, “Upgrades will benefit both student learning and the environment while saving the district money. Although we cannot measure the health, academic and environmental benefits of these improvements in monetary terms, they represent significant outcomes.”

In The News

School Going Green:  Salina Journal (May, 2009)
Building Upgrades at SES: Newscast (July, 2009)
Efficient Teachers:  Salina Journal (September, 2009)
SES Students Become Teachers: Press Release (April, 2009)
SE of Saline wins Governor’s Energy Achievement Recognition Award: Salina Journal (October, 2010)
Southeast of Saline Recognized for Energy Efficiency:  KSAL News (October, 2010)
Students Inspire High Performance Buildings:  Press Release (October, 2010)
SES Superintendent To Speak At School & College Building Expo: Press Release (April, 2011)
SES Featured in Leadership Magazine:  Leadership for Student Activities (April, 2011)

BTU Crew


The BTU Crew, a Trane Energy Efficiency program for buildings, has begun at SE of Saline!  On Tuesday, April 27th the 5th grade class began the program with Energy 101, an introduction to the different forms of energy and energy transformations.  Class 2 was an interactive exercise in energy efficiency, with the High School Leadership Class visiting to walk the students through the Light bulb Experiment and the Insulation Experiment that they performed during Kansas Distance Learning Week.  The purpose of The BTU Crew is to encourage young students between grades 4 – 6  to pursue life-long careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Math (STEM careers).  The BTU Crew also gives students the tools to make a difference in the world by being environmentally responsible and understanding ways to save energy – and encouraging others to do the same.  View video of the class.

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Rewards and Recognition

SES_Rewards and Rec

  •  SE of Saline has been awarded a Green School Grant for the 2010 – 2011 school year through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.   The Grant, in the amount of $4,500, will go towards expanding the Districts recycling program beyond just paper – they will now be able to recycle plastic and aluminum.  They will also look into the possibility of composting in upcoming years.  The idea to apply for a grant to further  promote “Green” programs already in place came from the High School Leadership Class, led by Juanelle Garretson.
  • On October 25, 2010 Keven Ward presented SE of Saline 306 with Trane’s Energy Efficiency Leader in Education Award.  The Award recognized the districts commitment to energy efficiency through its recent high performance school building improvements, as well as its commitment to education through its implementation of The BTU Crew curriculum (more information on this program can be found below).  “Upgrades to the facility benefit both students learning and the environment while saving the district money” said Dr. Justin Henry, district Superintendent.  Click here to view the Awards Ceremony.
  • Kansas Lieutenant Governor Troy Findley presented the Governor’s Energy Achievement Recognition Award to SE Saline USD 306 Superintendent Justin Henry, Instructor Juanelle Garretson and members of the Leadership Class on October 12th at the 2010 Kansas Energy Conference in Wichita, KS.  The awards, given annually, recognize leadership and accomplishment in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency.  The awards are among the state’s top energy honors and serve as the highlight of the Kansas Energy Conference.  View the awards ceremony.
  • In April, 2010, the Education Foundation at SE of Saline USD 306 presented Trane with their Friends of Education Award.  SE of Saline completed a High Performance School Building upgrade in the Fall of 2009 and, with Trane’s help, opted to bring those upgrades into the classroom and use them to teach students about energy efficiency.  Thank you to SE of Saline for this great honor, and for your dedication to your students, staff, and community.

Light Switch Sticker Contest

Administrators at SE of Saline completed building upgrades that they anticipate will reduce energy consumption by 21 percent, but they didn’t stop there in their efforts to “Go Green”.  In early October the district kicked off a Light Switch Sticker Contest, sponsored by Trane.  The contest encouraged students to design a sticker that can be placed over a light switch either at home or at school to remind people to turn off the lights when they leave the room.  The winning stickers, designed by a 5th and 8th grader respectively, are shown above.  Congratulations!

Kansas Distance Learning Week

The Kansas Association for Interactive Distance Education (KAIDE) celebrated the achievements of Interactive Distance Education in the state of Kansas by sponsoring a week long celebration of distance learning in November.  The SE of Saline Leadership Class, comprised of an International group of students, took part in the festivities by presenting a one hour session showcasing energy efficiency and discussing improvements that have been made in their school.  Students worked with Trane and the KAIDE to design an interactive and entertaining session that both showcased their District High Performance School improvements and informed students across Kansas on ways that they can make their schools and their homes more energy efficient.   Follow the links below to view the SE of Saline Leadership Class presentation.

Southeast of Saline Leadership Class Rap: The Southeast of Saline Leadership class introduces themselves and talk about the projects that they are working on this school year.

How Your School Can “Go Green”: Students share the steps that Southeast of Saline took to “Go Green” and the role that the Student Leadership Class played in the process.

Energy Efficiency is a Global Concern: Three foreign exchange students talk about the energy usage and consumption differences between their home country and the United States.

KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow Presentation

On May 31, 2012 educators from across Kansas gathered in Salina, Kansas for KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow Program. The Superintendents and Board of Education members selected to participate in the program will learn about trends in education and how districts are successfully implementing them. The session on May 31st focused one hour on energy projects. Southeast of Saline was the featured district due to their successfully high performance building improvement project they completed in 2009 with Trane. Leadership 101 Instructor Mrs. Juanelle Garretson presented along with a previous student.