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Tantasqua lauded for energy savings


June 18, 2009
STURBRIDGE — To kick off the Tantasqua Regional School Committee meeting on Tuesday, Superintendent Daniel G. Durgin commended district personnel on a much appreciated cut to the regional budget caused by turning off lights and shutting down computers.

History teacher Michael Lucas, who has also taken on the role of district energy manager, accepted an Energy Education Specialist Pacesetter award on behalf of all Tantasqua schools from the Energy Education Inc. of Dallas, which offers management consulting for school districts across the country.

Lucas explained that beginning last April, he has overseen a cooperative effort among teachers, secretaries, custodians and the rest of the Tantasqua support staff to conserve energy through common practices at the Junior and Senior High Schools.

"It's been tremendous, the progress we've made together as a group," Lucas said of the project, which according to Durgin, has resulted in $180,000 on energy costs being eliminated from the fiscal year 2010 budget from the district's current budget.

See Friday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage.

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