The odd thing is, except for a few dedicated teachers, CUSD school sites are primarily empty; the 2013-2014 school year is due to start up again July 29th.
I am not sure at what time during the day (or afternoon) these lights initially came on; I first noticed parking lot lights on (and shining bright) at 5:30pm. Currently, however, it doesn't get dark (or dusk) until 8:30pm or 8:45pm. This appears to be a major opportunity for energy conservation.
Toyon Middle School:
Bus loop parking lot
Parking lot in front of office
Classroom exterior lights (new building)
Upper and lower parking lots
The hope (or idea) is to bring sufficient attention to this issue so adjustments can be made (by CUSD) to keep the cost of maintaining the district to a minimum. As these are economically difficult times (as discussed in the most recent board meeting) I'm sure the tax paying citizens of Calaveras County would greatly appreciate any adjustments and/or conservation efforts put forth in this area by the district.
In your everyday travels (as a parent, citizen, or student) if you happen to discover or find ways that CUSD might improve in their efforts or abilities to conserve energy ... please let us know:
We will make every effort to contact or notify the school district as soon as possible.
CUSD District Office
P.O. Box 788 - 3304 Highway 12
San Andreas CA 95249 209-754-2300
CUSD Maintenance and Operations: 209-754-2334