WCSD Earns AEP Rebates for Efficient Lighting Projects

The Wooster City School District is committed to creating an energy-efficient environment for its students and staff. Over the past 12 months, the district has performed multiple lighting projects to convert older lighting fixtures to high-efficiency, including:

  • 12 classrooms and the main hallways at Melrose Elementary School received LED light fixtures.
  • Nine classrooms and the small group spaces at Kean Elementary School received LED light fixtures.
  • High-output LED were installed in the Transportation Department’s repair facilities and offices.
  • The lighting in the Grounds Service Center building shop and office were updated to LED lighting. 

In partnership with AEP Ohio, the district receives a rebate anytime it does electrical or lighting upgrades, varying by the nature of the project and how much each incentive is. The most recent rebate was nearly $10,000.

“The district has embraced the changeover to efficient LED lighting and requires it for any new project we design,” said Mike Foore, Manager of Buildings and Grounds. “There are no drawbacks between the AEP rebates and incentives, the cleaner and reliable light output, and the longevity and nearly maintenance-free intervals for the custodial and maintenance departments. This is not only a responsible use of taxpayer dollars, but it also improves the academic environment for our students”

Future projects will include LED upgrades to the Natatorium renovation project, outdoor security lighting, and lighting in the hallways and corridors throughout the school buildings. The district will also focus on continuing to improve the lighting output and controls in the classrooms.

“The energy usage of LED lighting is a fraction of traditional lighting and the output and control are both increased,” said Tony D’Intino, Grounds Supervisor. “With the continued innovation and controllability of the new LED lighting fixtures, this is the only responsible course of action for us to take.”

The district’s commitment to energy efficiency and the environment was honored in 2016, when AEP Ohio award the Wooster City Schools a Certificate of Recognition.