Every school year as spring turns into summer and temperatures soar, we see television news reports of school children and staff members suffering in the heat at schools. A lack of essential upgrades to school heating and cooling systems are the culprit. In 2018, the Toronto District School Board reported 78% of its schools lacked air conditioning. As one measure to address the uncomfortable high temperatures, schools have set up cooling centers in large spaces in each facility, but these measures cost a lot and the funding comes directly from the Board’s repair budget, which is already stretched thin.
Every year, many North American schools are asked to deliver more while spending less, despite the unrelenting increases in energy and facility management costs. Budgets are becoming harder and harder to balance, and some of the choices each school board faces are either to delay needed infrastructure projects, decrease facility management budgets, or decrease class offerings, with none of the alternatives being attractive. Much-needed energy efficiency and infrastructure projects are often just delayed.
School Boards have a lot of financial priorities and a fixed amount of money to meet these priorities. Current project development and funding models are not providing basic infrastructure requirements for many public sector organizations such as schools. Finding innovative ways to solve complex infrastructure issues is what IGNITE does for its members.
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