Black Hills Fox Business: Rapid City School District recognized for sustainability
The Rapid City School District Facilities Manager says it all began with an indoor air quality complaint in 2015. This led to an observation where they found the re-designed courtyard sitting in the middle of North Middle School was in a severe state of disrepair due to drainage problems causing erosion to both the ground and to the building's foundation.
The district spent two phases redesigning the courtyard as well as a new exterior to the entrance of the school aimed at keeping students, their parents, and faculty safe as they enter and exit the building.The district says its focus is on keeping the environment safe for its students and maximizing the resources it already has.
"By us spending this couple of million dollars on this site, we extended the life of this structure. If we were to demolish the school, all of the material that is going to be wasted on taxpayers money will not preserve right and to sustain something, I mean this is 60 years old, sustain something that is that old and to extend the life of this structure helps the environment and helps anybody and everybody," said Kumar Veluswamy, facilities manager for the school district.
Some of the school district's upcoming projects include Knollwood and Meadowbrook Elementary Schools. Expected to cost around $6 million, these are projects are set to happen in Summer 2018.