Industry News: Districts partner with providers on training, wellness, conservation programs

From Virginia to California, K-12 districts are improving training for staff, providing resources for students and saving on energy expenses

The Central Kentucky Educational Cooperative (CKEC) has chosen PublicSchoolWORKS‘ EmployeeSafe suite course catalog and Safety Document Library to manage staff training and compliance for 22 districts. EmployeeSafe features more than 600 courses, including those dedicated to suicide prevention and dealing with armed assailants.

Every middle and high school student in Amarillo ISD (Texas) can connect with licensed and trained counselors from home via virtual sessions using the DialCare mental wellness program. Counseling sessions are available daily in both English and Spanish, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Amarillo ISD piloted the program in select schools earlier this year.

King William County Public Schools (Virginia) expects to save more than $4.9 million in energy and operating costs over 15 years after ABM installs energy-efficient lighting, improves water conservation and upgrades HVAC equipment throughout the system’s facilities. ABM will also provide daily maintenance and custodial services.

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By 2020, seven schools in Lake Elsinore USD (California) will install solar canopies from Standard Solar that will generate 4 megawatts of power. The district also has formed the Riverside County Public Agency Energy Alliance to source renewable energy and to create projects dedicated to conservation.

Two Scottsdale USD (Arizona) elementary schools will receive Discovery Education STEM Connect, a web-based and interdisciplinary resource that features real-world challenges, career connections and hands-on activities.

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