”It is really good that we were able to secure this at no cost,” added member Scott Lottes.
Not only are the lights energy efficient they are brighter. “There is no comparison,” said Barr-Reeve board member Joe Cummings. “It’s just brighter. The lighting has really improved. I like to take photographs at the games and it is much better.”
The lighting system in all the school buildings is something officials are looking at and hoping to do more work on. “All of the lighting in the buildings prior to 2003 is old and we would like to replace it,” said Madison. “We are being told they will stop making the bulbs and the system will become obsolete.”
Replacing the lighting though can be very expensive at the same time schools are looking for ways to save money. “We are going to keep looking for programs like this one where we can secure rebates,” said Madison. “We’ll keep looking for them. That is one way we can update and stretch our dollars. We always have to look for different ways. If the school system has to cover the entire cost of the updates we’ll have to do them a few at a time and just chip away at it.”
The new lighting system has generated some interest in the community for people looking for the old lights. “There are apparently a number of people who use those lights and they have contacted us to buy the old ones,” said Madison. “The state board of accounts has a way they want us to get rid of surplus property. We might have them in a small item auction later in the year.”