“They bring engineers into your school district to evaluate systems. I just think it’s something worth further exploring”

– Camdenton R-III Superintendent Maurice Overlander

The Camdenton R-III Board of Education will consider hiring a consultant to help with energy efficiency and lowering utility costs.
At a special meeting later this month, the entire school board will hear a proposal from Dallas-headquartered Energy Education, a company that has already introduced itself to Camdenton’s school administrators.
“It’s a people-oriented conservation program. A lot of companies will come in and present that they can save you large sums of money if you purchase new equipment, energy efficient equipment,” Camdenton R-III Superintendent Maurice Overlander explained. “This has to do with people savings. It has a lot to do with how we are consuming energy during off times, weekends, and holidays.”
After first contact, Camdenton administrators contacted schools in St. Louis and Kansas City that are among the thousands of Energy Education’s clients.
“They have wonderful reviews from the schools that we contacted,” Assistant Superintendent Tim Hadfield said.
The consultants claim they could instill energy-saving practices that would save the Camdenton R-III district as much as $250,000 per year.
“I talked with a person with the Parkway School District in St. Louis County, they’ve been 17 or 18 years, and they report that they have saved them $14 million. They will admit that since that time they have replaced equipment with more energy efficient equipment,” Overlander said.
While all of Parkway’s savings can’t be attributed to turning off equipment at off-hours, the school district offered a good review of Energy Education.
The company’s energy saving plan is largely computer-based.
“You pay them up front for four years for the use of their software, they bring engineers into your school district to evaluate systems,” Overlander said. “I just think it’s something worth further exploring”
The Board of Education voted to set up a meeting with Energy Education consultants during a special meeting scheduled for June 29, at 7:30 a.m. The meeting includes a budget work session for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.