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Anyone who doubts that adjusting thermostats or turning off computers can make much of a dent in utility bills should have a chat with administrators of the Council Rock School District in Bucks County, Pa. In the past four years, thanks to comprehensive policies and procedures, CRSD has cut energy usage by nearly 50 percent and achieved more than $9 million in total savings. The 12,000- student district has been honored for its practices with federal EPA-sponsored Energy Star awards three years in a row.

Schaumburg consolidated School District #54, located in Chicago's northwest suburb, is one of only 18 districts nationwide to receive the highest credit rating by Moody's—the gold star in global credit scores. The elementary district, with 15,000 diverse, middle-income students dispensed across 27 schools, earned this rating for its low debt burden, rapid balance payback, and ample reserves, including a working cash balance of $63 million.

With the increasing popularity of social networking sites and the Internet as vehicles for communication (Twitter, Facebook, e-mail), what pitfalls should superintendents be aware of? What possible negative consequences could occur by using these tools? Should we be drawing parameters for how teachers, especially our younger (digital native) teachers, communicate with students?
Mike Ford, Superintendent of Schools,
Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District Clifton Springs, N.Y.

Dear Mike,

Closure of an interstate highway means many things: traffic backups, lengthy detours, confusing back roads, and a constant headache for the frequent traveler. But what does it mean for school buses when the dependable flow of interstate traffic is the lifeblood for an entire transportation operation?

That's exactly the question the St. Louis-based Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation (VICC) had to address when the Missouri Department of Transportation announced the two-step closure of a 10-mile stretch of I-64, five miles per year from January 2008 through December 2009.

District Administration heard from more readers than ever before for the 2010 Readers' Choice Top 100 Products award. In a challenging year that saw many districts forced to make painful cuts in staff , one might assume that the purchase and overall use of education products and technology also suffered, but this does not appear to be the case. On the contrary, both administrators and classroom educators became even more dependent on products and technology as a result of the recession.

 

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It's a familiar refrain in American education: African-American children score lower on standardized tests, graduate high school at lower rates, and are considerably more likely to be suspended or expelled than the general population.

 

With computers and interactive whiteboards becoming more prevalent in classrooms, districts are looking for tools to help maximize the technology's benefits and improve educational results.

 

Dear reader,

In past issues of TechSavers, we've talked about the many products and services offered by CDI, the education market's leading supplier of certified refurbished computers.

 

It's a salesperson's dream — having customers tell you it would be "almost irresponsible" not to buy your products.

 

Fred Hastings oversees CDI 's $8 million inventory of recertified computers, but his duties don't stop at the warehouse door. If a school district wants a specific model that's not on hand, he'll send workers out and track the units down.

 

Leszek Biurkowski thinks CDI is such a good company that he joined it twice.

 

As a customer service rep, Trevor Livingstone's job is to fulfill any request from clients

When a client requests something from CDI, it's up to customer service representatives such as Trevor Livingstone to deliver — no questions asked.

 

Budget constraints make CDI recertified computers a smart choice, but some pinched school districts are looking for easier payment terms, too. Naipaul Sheosankar, CDI's director of nance, makes sure they don't have to look far.

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