The Lakeville Area Public School District serves approximately 11,200 students in the suburban south metro area of the Twin Cities. The District serves students in the City of Lakeville, a portion of the Cities of Burnsville and Elko New Market, as well as Credit River, Eureka, and New Market Townships.
Lakeville South high school opened in 2005. LSHS is a public four year high school with a 08-09 enrollment of 1,853 students. LSHS provides a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum. The curriculum includes extensive Advanced Placement opportunities and core curriculum honors courses. 96% of the student population plan to attend a four-year college or at a technical or two-year college.
A paperless philosophy is a long-term belief at Lakeville South High School. Administration, staff, and students at LSHS support this paperless philosophy. Lakeville South High School agrees to investigate handheld digital devices with networking capability to ultimately replace textbooks, workbooks, worksheets and other printed learning material. We agree to enter into a research phase for part one of the Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon grant. We will research digital reading devices to determine their ability transfer textbook files onto them and their flexibility for paperless usage. The construction of the building and wireless capability creates a very real possibility, with enough devices and file transfer success, that the school will be paperless.
Elimination of paper use in a pilot group and future reduction of paper use in all other groups in the school based on research during pilot program.
Students at Lakeville South do not commute by bicycle or scooter to school. There are zero bike racks currently on campus. We will be encouraging bike commuting through a public information blitz, accompanied by new bike racks. We are working with administration to secure close parking for bicycles and motor scooters to motivate students to choose this as their main mode of transportation. Free, closer to the door, helps the environment. Win, win, win. Our group is still seeking funding for this project and planning the blitz of information.
The environment will benefit by less cars coming to and from school. The student and parents will benefit by not paying the parking fee each semester, trust us saving this fee will buy a GREAT bike or a down payment on a motor scooter. We are working with administration for this project to secure prime parking spaces for bicycles and motor scooters to create a desire in the high school student to use this as their main mode of transportation.
Lakeville Area Public Schools are participating in the Schools for Energy Efficiency program. As a SEE district each school has specific guidelines of energy use. A district wide committee created the proposal with input from each building. Student needs such as warmer elementary classrooms for the little ones and safety during events was held at the highest standard during the process. The school board approved the energy guidelines recently and implementation at the sites has begun. There is a four year/tier system over which all of the energy savings will take place to create a positive transition period for all students and staff.
Current power savings in place include powering down computer monitors, lights off in unoccupied spaces, partial lighting and daylight to light spaces where possible, all electronics turned off when not specifically in use, blinds and curtains to be closed at night to maintain temperatures. This is a small list of policies in place and each will not only save energy but carbon input into the atmosphere as we use fossil fuels for our energy sources.
District-wide energy efficiency that will not only save money but also create less carbon input into the atmosphere.