The 77th Annual Conference and Exposition of the NSBA brought together more than 7,000 academic leaders from across the country, including school board members, school administrators and superintendents. This year’s gathering provided members with education-specific updates on legal and legislative issues, policy, governance, finance and technology.
A key focus of the conference was the impact of school environments on student achievement. Investments in comfort, security and efficiency were shown to directly affect how well students perform day-to-day. In fact, studies revealed students in well-maintained schools scored up to 10 percent higher on standardized tests. At Johnson Controls, we help create these superior learning environments by partnering with school districts to improve efficiency and sustainability.
With 7,000 academic leaders in attendance, gathering the most critical information from the NSBA conference is a challenge. But here are a few of the most insightful comments we heard:
At Johnson Controls, we’re familiar with the challenges heard at the NSBA conference. In fact, we have a history of helping schools overcome many of these challenges to achieve outstanding results.
When Oxford High School wanted to be the first to deliver a one-to-one digital learning environment, it found itself low on investment. By working with Johnson Controls as the single source technology contractor, Oxford didn’t compromise on its wish list. We helped them achieve LEED® Silver certification, allowing them to become the first LEED-certified high school in Mississippi.
Quality learning environments to meet the needs of students and staff.
When school officials at Central Bucks School District wanted to trim budgets, they insisted that nothing compromise the learning environment. Through a performance contract with Johnson Controls, school officials say they already are saving $1.5-2M in utility costs annually.
The district has teamed up with Johnson Controls on multiple energy performance contracts, which has allowed the district to reduce operating costs and improve comfort, offset the costs of major building improvements with the energy and operational savings, and implement a solar energy system that doubles as a learning tool. Efficiency improvements made here guarantee energy and operational savings of $6.9 million over 15 years.
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