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At the October 15, 2013 LCPS Board of Education meeting are, left to right, LCPS Associate Superintendent for Operations Dane Kennon, Columbia Elementary School Assistant Principal Michael Chaires, Vista Middle School Principal Wendi Hammond, Oñate High School Principal David Day, Professional Development Center Director Dr. Thea Hand and Board of Education President Dr. Connie Phillips.

LAS CRUCES – Columbia Elementary School, Vista Middle School, Oñate High School and the LCPS Professional Development Center were honored at the October 15, 2013 LCPS Board of Education members as winners of the school district’s Outstanding Energy Conservation Awards.

Superintendent Stan Rounds and board members honored the schools for their savings during the months of June and July 2013. Columbia Elementary saved $26,000 in anticipated energy costs, Vista saved $16,000, Oñate saved $24,000 and the PDC saved $8,000, said LCPS Associate Superintendent for Operations Dane Kennon at the board meeting. That represented nearly a third of all the money saved by schools in energy costs during those two months, said Kennon.

LCPS Energy Conservation Specialist Jim Mulhauser conducts regular inspections to see which schools and school-district buildings have the highest continuing commitment to saving energy and money.

“Many schools have done an excellent job of reducing their energy use over the past few months, and we hope these awards will encourage the spirit of friendly competition that will lead to even more savings,” said Mulhauser.

LCPS implemented its Energy Conservation Program during the 2010-11 school year, and since then it has avoided paying more than $3 million in utility costs.

For more information, contact Mulhauser at 575.635.2072 or