Safety Improvements

In 2013, the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) awarded Bellingham Public Schools (BPS) a $439,000 grant to help it install new emergency response systems. These systems will decrease the time it takes for police and other first responders to arrive and respond to incidents and emergencies at schools.The new systems will provide a direct line of communication with law enforcement personnel and provide them incident and facility information so they are better able to respond in the event of an emergency. These new systems will be installed by the end of the 2014-15 school year.

BPS has hired Educational Service District (ESD) 112 to conduct a districtwide safety and security assessment of all of our facilities. This assessment work is currently underway. The purpose of the assessment will be to identify other safety and security improvement measures (such as installation of interior and exterior access control systems, intrusion detection systems, video camera systems, internal and external communications systems, site control measures, site illumination/lighting, etc.) that can be implemented using funds that were approved as part of the 2013 bond measure. Some of these other safety and security improvements will be installed by the end of the current school year while others will be installed prior to 2019.

Energy Improvements

Project Site Details Status
Energy Conservation Measure Bellingham High School Install variable frequency drive on two secondary loop pump motors and solenoid valves to optimize operations and reduce energy use In progress
Energy Conservation Measure Bellingham High School Isolate the boilers and install a variable frequency drive to optimize operation and reduce energy use In progress
Energy Conservation Measure Bellingham High School Install a new direct digital control energy management system for optimizing HVAC control In progress
Energy Conservation Measure Silver Beach Retrofit or replace interior lighting at Silver Beach Upcoming
Energy Conservation Measure Bellingham, Fairhaven, Silver Beach, Squalicum, Sunnyland, Transportation and Buildings and Grounds Retrofit exterior lighting Summer 2015
Energy Conservation Measure Bellingham, Northern Heights, Silver Beach Retrofit interior lighting Summer 2015