The simple flip of a switch.
It does wonders.
The Hannibal School District took an initiative to get teachers, faculty and staff trained to shut things off and down.
As it turns out, it saved energy and money.
"If it's off, it's not using energy, basically," Allen Gottman, groundskeeper for the Hannibal School District, told the Hannibal school board Wednesday evening.
"Unlike other programs that we've looked at, this one is not geared to buying equipment, but it is more geared to behavior-based training for staff on how to turn things off."
The school district teamed up with Centergistics to help with the initiative and also monitor the savings.
Summer vacation was the challenge to see just how much money could be saved. Only two buildings, Veterans Elementary and Hannibal Middle School, were used for Summer School, and energy efficient lights were installed in Korf Gym, Porter Stadium, and in various buildings in the district.
"We have over 2,000 PCs and if you leave those things on 24/7, it uses a lot of energy," Gottman said. "Our lighting in all these buildings, even our outside lighting, was not very well controlled. It was on more than it was off. We now control all that by various means. Some of it's on time clocks, some of it's on censors, but we don't leave anything on over night except security lights and building security lights."
For the summer, the bill totaled at about $105,875. Had the school district not taken the steps they did, the total would've been about $204,880. Total savings to the district, about 48.3 percent.
"The biggest thing though is what we've done as far as control is our heating and air conditioning," Gottman said. "Electricity is our biggest opportunity to save and we have worked on our air conditioning systems and heating systems where we had most of them — they're computer-based — my heating and cooling guy can do it from home on a laptop. He can see those on a computer and he can tell if he's got trouble, or an alarm, or if it just needs to be kickstarted again, he can do all that from a computer. We've really been able to hold the line on what we're spending."
The Hannibal school board approved the following teaching personell changes at its Sept. 18 meeting.
Matt Smith, teacher at Oakwood Elementary, requested family medical leave from Oct. 8-18.
Melinda Kneib, teacher at Hannibal Middle School requested maternity leave effective Oct. 7.
Maggie Moon, teacher at Hannibal Middle School, requested maternity leave effective Oct. 3.
At the August meeting, the board approved:
• Jessica Baker was hired as a guidance counselor at Stowell Elementary.
Page 2 of 2 - Amy Rendel was hired as an English teacher at Hannibal High School.
Elvin Chavez was hired as a Spanish teacher at Hannibal High School/Middle School.
Cpru Lpej;er was jored as a custodian for Hannibal Middle School.
Mary Ford was hired as a computer/network technician.
Maternity leaves were approved for Tori Miller, teacher at the Early Childhood Center; Katie Webb, teacher at Mark Twain Elementary; and Jennifer Kitzmiller, teacher at Hannibal Middle School.
Beth Grote's request for family medical leave from Dec. 9 to Feb. 3 was approved.
Pamela Hemme resigned her position as teacher aide at Veterans Elementary.
Michael McLeod, bus driver, resigned his position.