Compton teachers rehired
Guest Editorial: 'It's a great start to the Year'; Compton teachers rehired thanks in part to energy conservation efforts By MICAH ALI, CUSD Board President The school bell rang in the new year for Compton students on
Guest Editorial: ‘It’s a great start to the Year’; Compton teachers rehired thanks in part to energy conservation efforts
By MICAH ALI, CUSD Board President
The school bell rang in the new year for Compton students on Aug. 17th. Another year focused on the success of our students in a school district that is being transformed for the better is now underway.
We were able to hire all but two of the 41 teachers that were given Reduction-in-Force notices last spring! That’s right — nearly all of the teachers were rehired.
How were we able to do this?
One reason was unveiled at the Aug. 18 CUSD Board meeting. For the past 18 months, thanks to a recommendation by Superintendent Darin Brawley, we partnered with a company called Cenergistic, which helps school districts and others be smarter about energy conservation. In the 18 months since they started their work, the school district has saved $2.4 million through our energy conservation efforts. Think about that, we are saving more than $125,000 per month!
The district energy manager for the Cenergistic, Daniel Guevara, told the school board that these savings came thanks to a “new behavior” among teachers, staff and students in our district. We have been awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for being a national leader in energy conservation. In fact, 29 of our buildings have been awarded the Energy Star label, which means that they are among the top 25 percent of all buildings in the nation for energy conservation.
As my school board colleague, Satra Zurita said at the Aug. 18 meeting, “we have reduced our carbon footprint.”
Congratulations to everyone for their efforts.
Our positive impact on the environment is good for all of us — in fact we are one of the leading school districts in Los Angeles County for energy conservation and as this program continues, it is believed that Compton will be the best school district throughout L.A. County for energy conservation.
Good for the environment? You bet!
And the financial savings are good for our teachers and students too! It’s a great start to the year, don’t you think?
Micah Ali is president of the Compton Unified School District (CUSD) Board of Trustees