The Operational Services Department oversees the maintenance and operations of the 4.8 million square feet of Boulder Valley School District facilities as well as the safety and security of staff and students and daily transportation.
For Earth Month 2023, BVSD recognized student sustainability champions. The Fairview Institute is an environmental club that conducts research, talks to political representatives, and engages in community volunteer work with the goal of instituting the change they want to see in the world.
It has been a busy year for sustainability efforts in BVSD. Last fall, the District launched the new green BVSDAction Plan which sets the course for BVSD’s sustainability efforts for the next five years.
BVSD is thrilled to be honored as one of eight districts in the nation to be recognized by the Efficient and Healthy Schools Campaign and the Biden-Harris administration for our sustainability work related to energy efficiency and creating healthy learning environments. BVSD was awarded Best in Class in Team Approach to Support Strategic Investments in Efficient and Healthy Schools category and Notable Achievement in Efficient HVAC for Indoor Environmental Quality category.
BVSD was one of 10 school districts to participate in the Department of Energy's Zero Energy Schools Accelerator program. BVSD is pursuing a goal to become Zero Net Energy Ready by 2050 and joined the program for support in pursuing this goal and to join a cohort of districts doing the same.
BVSD is thrilled to get to work on the new goals set in our new Sustainability Action Plan released in September. This plan sets the course for sustainability work in the District for the next 5 years.
The newly constructed wing of BVSD’s Education Center was recognized recently for its energy-efficient design. It is one of 14 buildings nationwide to be awarded a Novel 40 award--at least a 40% improvement over the building code minimum requirements!
Recently, students and staff moved into the new 15,000 square foot addition wing of Halcyon Middle School! The new building replaces a decades-old portion of the existing school which was constructed in 1955. The new part of the building includes classrooms, a cafeteria/multi-purpose room, administration, and library. Phase II of the project is underway and includes renovation of the remaining portion of the old building. The $8.3 million project is part of the 2014 Building for Student Success bond program and will be complete in August.
Recently, BVSD welcomed an exciting new addition to our school bus fleet--an all-electric bus! The Blue Bird Vision model is a clean, efficient, and more environmentally sustainable version of a conventionally-fueled 71-passenger yellow bus.
Earlier this school year when welding and auto repair students at Boulder Technical Education Center (TEC) returned to their classrooms on the Arapahoe Campus, they were greeted by newly renovated classrooms/labs that had been updated to emulate professional shops.
“It ought to be a birthright for every child, every day, to have healthy food in school,” says Ann Cooper, Food Services Director at BVSD. “This new centralized production facility gives us the space and equipment to make that a reality for BVSD students.”
Thanks to renovations completed through the 2014 bond-funded construction program, schools have been able to invest in modernizing learning environments to support 21st Century learning.