GOING GREEN — New York State Sen. Mark Grisanti visited the Lake Shore Central School District on Earth Day, April 21, for presentations about green initiatives at the school, which have resulted in financial savings for the district. Photo submitted by Jen Osborne Coy.
LAKE SHORE — Sen. Mark Grisaniti visited Lake Shore Central School for an Earth Day presentation, which recognized his support for the district's Energy Education Initiatives.
Grisanti was presented with a certificate of appreciation, as well as a framed illustration by senior Alfonso Butlak IV, which paid tribute to the senator's support of the district.
A grant from Grisanti will provide perpetual savings to the Lake Shore Central School District and taxpayers. Grisanti awarded the district $50,000 in funding, in the form of bullet aid, for the 2013 – 2014 school year, with designation of the funding for one-time expenditures.
“We were delighted to receive this additional funding and sought to use the money to make a lasting investment in our district,” Superintendent James Przepasniak said. “Lake Shore has been recognized for our on-going efforts to reduce energy and maintenance costs through energy management and upgrades. Senator Grisanti’s grant allowed Lake Shore to replace exterior lighting at five facilities in the district, continuing our efforts in energy conservation, as well as improving safety and security by increasing visibility on our campuses.”
The $50,000 grant will generate energy savings of an estimated $45,079, annually. The lighting upgrades were completed at the Hoag Educational Center, A. J. Schmidt Elementary School, J.T. Waugh Elementary School, Highland Elementary School and the district transportation bus garage.
“We are grateful for any support and assistance that Lake Shore receives from our elected officials and this grant enabled us to continue an initiative that allows us to direct reoccurring savings to our educational programming – directly benefitting our students,” Przepasniak said.
The Lake Shore Central School District was awarded a three-year New York State Education Department School District Management Efficiency Award Program grant, which was based on efficiencies in operations and now funds an energy conservation initiative and program.
The energy conservation program has saved the district $167,088 in the last 14 months and supports district’s energy specialist.
Lake Shore has a stated commitment to maintaining and improving efficiencies in the future. The bullet aid from Grisanti will continue the efficiencies funded by this grant award and will generate additional energy savings that will be gained and measured, during the next decade.
Grisanti is currently serving his second two-year term as an elected member of the New York State Senate. He represents the 60th Senate District, which includes parts of the city of Buffalo, as well as communities in Western New York’s Northtowns and Southtowns.
He serves as chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee and currently sits on the following committees: finance, cities, cultural affairs, tourism, parks and recreation, higher education, infrastructure and capital investment, insurance, labor and veterans, homeland security and military affairs committees in the Senate, as well as the Multiple Sclerosis Legislative Alliance for the Senate.