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Kansas City, Kansas,66109
Piper Schools offer modern facilities that include two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. Students benefit from cooperative agreements with Kansas City Kansas Community College and Vocational/Technical Center, Donnelly College, as well ... more.
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"Every dollar saved goes towards improving the quality of education for the students in our district," says Steve Adams, superintendent for Piper Unified School District.
(Left-right) Danny Seymour, construction manager; Mike Eckard, project manager, (both from ConEdison Solutions); and Steve Adams, Piper School District superintendent; say new occupancy sensors help cut down on unnecessary lighting costs and the new T5 lamps improve learning conditions in classrooms.
When the district's superintendent, Steve Adams, came to Piper in 2007, the school's A/C equipment was 17-18 years old, and many of the buildings needed energy upgrades and other structural improvements. He was able to win a smaller, $30 million bond issue for building improvements but needed to stretch those dollars even further. A conversation about performance contracting with the district's construction manager eventually led him to ConEdison Solutions (then Custom Energy Solutions) and they developed a plan to fund the project through an energy savings performance contract, where the school district would receive energy infrastructure improvements with a relatively low up-front cost. Under an ESPC, an ESCO such as ConEdison Solutions guarantees future energy savings to be generated by the improvements, which enables school districts to fund the costs of the improvements based on the savings. Says Adams, "We have done well over $7 million of improvements. Because of all the cost savings from the facility retrofit, Piper Schools Superintendent Steve Adams was able to convince the school board to install an all-weather football field and track to replace a much older field. Another interesting element of the Piper School District job is that because of all the cost savings from the facility retrofit, Adams was able to convince the school board to install an all-weather football field and track to replace a much older field. An added bonus - when Piper's teams are not using the field, the school district rents it out to local soccer and football teams and a women's professional football team. "That football field is a gem," says Adams. The first year I was here there wasn't a week went by that there was not a big A/C issue," adds Adams. "I can't count more than five issues all year with the new system." Ekard says a big part of selling a school board and other buying influences on an energy savings performance contract is convincing them that the guarantees for energy savings that come with each contract are a collaborative venture, and that ConEdison Solutions is there to back them up and fulfill their financial obligation if a project doesn't perform as specified. Adams says that on the Piper project it helped that a school board member at the time was in the construction business and understood how the contract worked. It can take others some time to wrap their minds around ESPCs, he says. Meet the Parent: Con Ed at a Glance Adams may have another big construction project on his hands soon if his plans for a new high school win community support.
Piper Superintendent Steve Adams will outline a long-term technology plan for the school district.
Piper Superintendent Steve Adams told members of the Piper Board of Education that the state of Kansas will provide $286,146 worth of eligible state aid to the district after an enrollment increase.
Piper Superintendent Steve Adams will outline a long-term technology plan for the school district. Piper Superintendent Steve Adams, at a Piper Board of Education meeting Monday night, said the recent boost is pushing the issue of facilities to the front-burner. Also present were Steve Adams, superintendent, and Debbie Cromer, board clerk. b) Jason Zager moved that the board appoint Tom Beebe, Abe Glaser & Steve Adams to interview the banks that submitted an RFP. During the second bond, the board of education, Superintendent Steve Adams and supporters of the bond did an excellent job of getting the word out and getting information from the public on what they would support for a bond. "We're trying to push our kids and prepare them for college," said Piper superintendent Steve Adams.
"Len talked to our team a little bit before the game," said Steve Adams, Piper superintendent.