Westwood Heights School District going green

Westwood Heights School District going green
Posted on 05/01/2019
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MT. MORRIS TWP, Mich. (WJRT) - Blue and White are the usual colors at Hamady high -- but next year-- green will be the new color introduced.

After school board approval and the help of the sinking fund-- the district will be implementing a conservation plan to save not only the environment but millions of dollars.

Buildings in the Westwood Heights school district are nearly half a century old, but with the help of a new conservation plan, they will be taken into the 21st century.

"We were getting nickeled and dimed with repairs trying to keep all this up," says Superintendent, Peter Toal. "So we embarked on 5-year facilities plan to try to upgrade all of our buildings."

The upgrades will not only save the district 3 million dollars over the next 15 years-- but also improve the learning environment for students.

"Air quality has a direct correlation to student performance. so when rooms are too hot, too cold, or there's too high of CO2 levels, students don't perform as well," says Toal.

With the help of engineering company-- UNESCO, the project has already started.

"The infrastructure itself is in good shape. we will be improving indoor environmental qualities," says UNESCO representative, Nelson Brikho. "So temperatures in the spaces, CO2 levels will go down and just the look of it itself. Putting in all new LED lighting will really give a fresh look to the facilities."

These improvements are taking place district-wide including the high school, middle school, elementary school, and the alternative high.

The majority of the construction will be complete by the 2019-20 school year.

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