The Belle Plaine School District is committed to providing quality schools and maintaining a partnership with the greater community in order to prepare each student to become a lifelong learner and a contributing participant in a changing world community. Located 26 miles south of Wichita, the district’s three schools serve approximately 670 students in preschool through 12th grade.
District administrators were looking to become as operationally efficient as possible while also pursuing a potential bond issue for new construction. Aging roof-top units providing heating and cooling needed to be replaced regardless of whether the bond passed, and most units were controlled by individual thermostats, making maintenance, operations and scheduling management a headache.
After a competitive proposal process, the district selected Energy Solutions Professionals to perform a comprehensive ASHRAE Level 3 energy audit and provide the district with a plan to save energy and operating costs. ESP’s solution created a stand-alone project that didn’t require public tax dollars because it paid for itself from energy savings. Among the upgrades were more efficient lighting and lighting controls, plumbing fixtures that use less water, enhancements to computerized building controls, new heating and cooling units, and web-based programmable thermostats.
Belle Plaine has adopted an energy-saving culture throughout the district, with all personnel receiving training in ways to conserve energy in their daily activities. Staff and administrators monitor heating and cooling conditions from their mobile devices, while improved lighting and comfort control aids students in their daily learning. Belle Plaine expects to save over $69,000 annually from the energy-efficient improvements.
Total Square Feet
Number of Buildings
3 schools and various district buildings
Total Project Cost
Carbon Footprint Reduction
1,290,000 lbs. CO2e
Equivalent to removing 122 cars from the road annually
Dr. Rose Kane told KMBZ that her school district achieved all of the goals it set out to achieve from the project “and more” including a lot of facility improvements. She said the district replaced over 15 rooftop units, upgraded to web based programmable thermostats and added “energy management systems that gave us capabilities we didn’t have before.”Read More