Back in July, IUSD approved the second phase of an ambitious project that’s bringing energy-generating solar panels to a number of additional schools and district sites. The idea is to save money, benefit the environment and bolster the district’s energy curriculum with lessons on solar power.
IUSD’s Information Technology team has been hard at work over the summer making a number of changes to the district’s email system. Some of the more technical stuff made our eyes glaze over, but we’re told the improvements will save money, increase email storage capacity for employees and make usernames and email addresses more intuitive. Here’s the biggest takeaway: All employee email addresses have been changed to the more common format of FirstnameLastname@IUSD.org.
Vehicle shade structures outfitted with energy-producing solar panels will be added to the parking lots of nine campuses, saving the district an additional $305,000 a year, following a vote this month by the IUSD Board of Education.
Calling for a greater effort to notify neighboring communities, the IUSD Board of Education continued a proposal to add canopies topped with solar panels to the parking lots of 11 Irvine schools.
It's been more than a year since IUSD held an activation ceremony to mark the installation of solar panels at 13 schools and a pair of support facilities, and the data that's been gathered over the last 12 months is beyond encouraging. The sustainable solar technology that was affixed to rooftops and parking lot shade structures in 2010 and 2011 is now producing about 1.9 megawatts of clean energy, with the district saving about $220,000 annually.
BY ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT JOHN FOGARTY More details have come out about the governor’s budget proposal, and unfortunately they’re not in our favor. As previously mentioned, Gov. Jerry Brown’s spending plan for 2012-13 is heavily reliant on a November ballot initiative that would temporarily raise taxes for high-income earners and increase the sales tax by a half-cent through 2016. If the initiative passes, education spending would essentially remain flat.