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Read Dr. Larson's earlier Community Columns below or here.

In 2014, voters authorized Glenbard District 87 to issue $35 million in bonds to help finance critical renovations and repairs to our four high schools and a classroom addition as part of our 10-year, $100 million Master Facility Plan. We will invest an additional $65 million from our capital improvement operations budget to fund a myriad of projects, including:
•     Renovating classrooms, science labs, locker rooms and restrooms
•     Upgrading mechanical systems 

•     Upgrading computer & electrical power distribution system 

•     Improving visitor entrance security
•     Replacing roofing 

•     Upgrading energy efficient lighting 

To date, we have spent $80 million, more than half of which was invested in mechanical system improvements. A major area of focus of the work has been on energy efficiency, and the significant improvements we’ve made in all of our buildings will result in reduced energy use and cost savings. In the past three years, we have replaced decades-old boilers, chillers, air handling units and outdated lighting systems, many that were original to their building’s construction.  

We have invested more than $40 million in replacing or adding mechanical systems.  One of our key referendum commitments was to add air conditioning at Glenbard East and Glenbard West, and this was completed in 2015 and 2016, respectively.  Even with the addition of air conditioning at these schools, we project $320,000 in net annual energy savings.  

We also realized one-time costs savings through energy rebate grants.  We have applied for $1.4 million in energy rebates and have received $1 million in payments to date.

As part of our energy savings initiative, we will apply for the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® certification. ENERGY STAR® is a joint program of the EPA and Department of Energy. Its goal is to help consumers, businesses, and industry save money and protect the environment through the adoption of energy efficient products and practices. The ENERGY STAR® label identifies top performing, cost-effective products, homes, and buildings.  

I am proud of our Board of Education's vision and our school administrators’ leadership in driving cost effective, efficient solutions that free up resources for instruction. By leveraging state-of-the-art energy controls systems and following our district’s energy standards we will ensure that we meet our savings targets.

Energy savings projects implemented in the past three years:
•     Replaced heating plants with low-pressure, energy efficient boilers
•     Installed energy efficient LED lighting & new ceilings
•     Added air conditioning at Glenbard East and Glenbard West
•     Installed green roofs & solar panels on classroom addition at Glenbard West
•     Replaced multiple air handling units
•     Replaced cooling plant with energy efficient chillers at Glenbard North and Glenbard South

We will continue to focus on cost savings and efficiency to maximize taxpayer dollars targeted for instruction.

David F. Larson, Ed.D.

Read Dr. Larson's earlier essays below

2017-18 Community Columns

Technology transforming everyday life, future here

Preparing for the future of work here

Good to see summer learning becoming the norm here

2016-17 Community Columns

Education is not just another commodity here

Public schools benefit from richness of diversity here

Be wary of snake oil salesmen in education here

Characteristics of Strong Education Systems here

Leveraging the election for growth here

Glenbard emphasizes importance of service to others here

Challenging courses prepare teens for college, careers here

High School Parenting is Gardening, Not Carpentry here

Fight the Summer Slide here

2015-16 Community Columns

Equity in Advanced Placement here

Growth Mindset Makes a Difference here

Send Consistent Message Opposing Underage Drinking here

Hold Hands and Stick Together here

The Value of Rigor in the Classroom here

Studying the Arts Enhances Student Achievement here

Parent Involvement is Important here

Making America Great Again here

Property Tax Freeze Would Harm Students here

Teachers Advance Their Craft During Summer here.

2014-15 Community Columns

Be Wary; Education Cuts Never Heal here

Increasing Responsibilities of Public Education here

The Governor's Playbook for Compassion here

Important Partnership here

Strategic Planning Key to Success of iPad Implementation here

The "Year of Over Testing" here

School Funding Reform Act Senate Bill 16 here

Watch the Screen Time here

2013-14 Community Columns

Attack Season here

Impressive Community Support here

Referendum Focus here

New Year's Resolution here

Celebrating Diversity here

Shrinking Middle Class here

Future Ready here

Fight Summer Learning Loss here

2012-13 Community Columns

Public Education is Inclusive, Diverse here

Transparency Builds Community Trust here

Technology Will Transform Learning here

High Levels Of Communication here

Pension Reform Observations here

Key Habits of Fiscally Responsible Districts here

Doubly Impressive here

High Expectations For All here

Democracy here

Those Special Teachers here

Football Start here

Freshman Transition here