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Red Wing Schools Energy Star Status

Every local K-12 public school building has earned Energy Star status, the Red Wing School Board learned at its Sept. 6 meeting.

Averaging out their scores puts the district’s buildings in the top 13.6% in the nation. Schools must earn scores of 75 or above on the Environmental Protection Agency’s 1-100 point sale to be certified.

The RWPS individual school scores are:

Twin Bluff Middle School -- 92 (top 8% in the country)

Red Wing High School -- 87

Burnside Elementary -- 84

Sunnyside – 79

River Bluff Education Center, operated by the Goodhue County Education District, also qualified. That school’s score was 90.

Officially, Jefferson School and Colvill Family Center do not qualify for certification for different reasons.

High scores add up to higher energy savings, that means the district is spending $365,000 per year less than typical buildings. The installation of LED lighting this summer will further lower electrical costs for the district.

In other business

The School Board:

· considered evaluation goals for Interim Superintendent Frank Norton;

· heard a report on a successful first day of school;

· discussed the initial schedule for community presentations on the district’s referendum request.

The board will next meet at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, in the Red Wing High School J-pod.

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