The Indian River School District partnered with Seiberlich Trane Energy Services to make more than $7 million in improvements across the school district.

These infrastructure upgrades will improve comfort, safety and health and the student learning environment while reducing the energy consumption and environmental footprint of the schools. Additionally, this extensive series of school infrastructure improvements will save millions of dollars in energy costs over the next 20 years and beyond.

The improvements will come at no cost to the local taxpayers. The energy savings project is being funded through a performance contract with Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility. Improvements throughout the district will generate energy savings of about $500,000 per year, which will pay for the project costs using the payment bond from Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility.

“The Indian River School District takes pride in developing new ways to conserve energy and save money,” said Superintendent Mark Steele. “Some of the fascinating items found in our investment grade audit will help us not only manage our resources better, but create a better learning environment for our students. The Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility has put together a partnership that will move our district to the forefront of energy dollar management.”

Improvements across the district will include improved classroom and parking lot lighting, upgrades to heating and cooling systems, thermal envelope improvements, low-flow water fixtures and improved building controls.

Schools to be impacted are East Millsboro Elementary School, John M. Clayton Elementary School, Long Neck Elementary School, Lord Baltimore Elementary School, North Georgetown Elementary School, Phillip C. Showell Elementary School, the Georgetown Elementary/Middle School complex, Millsboro Middle School, Selbyville Middle School, Indian River High School, Sussex Central High School, Southern Delaware School of the Arts and the G.W. Carver Center.

“I’m excited to be able to bring this opportunity to my home district,” said Seiberlich Trane Sales Engineer John Walker. “As a parent in IRSD, I look forward to seeing the improved facilities and financial savings it will bring.”

Work at the schools began in January and is expected to continue throughout 2019.

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