I'd say it's time to elect an entire new school board in a Massachusetts school district.
For nearly a year and a half, a Massachusetts high school has been lit up around the clock because the district can’t turn off the roughly 7,000 lights in the sprawling building.
The lighting system was installed at Minnechaug Regional High School when it was built over a decade ago and was intended to save money and energy. But ever since the software that runs it failed on Aug. 24, 2021, the lights in the Springfield suburbs school have been on continuously, costing taxpayers a small fortune.
“We are very much aware this is costing taxpayers a significant amount of money,” Aaron Osborne, the assistant superintendent of finance at the Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District, told NBC News. “And we have been doing everything we can to get this problem solved.”
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The original high school building, which dates back to 1959, was replaced with the current 248,000-square foot structure in 2012.
One of the cost-saving measures the school board insisted on was a “green lighting system” run on software installed by a company called 5th Light to control the lights in the building. The system was designed to save energy — and thus save money — by automatically adjusting the lights as needed.
But in August 2021, staffers at the school noticed that the lights were not dimming in the daytime and burning brightly through the night.
“The lighting system went into default,” said Osborne. “And the default position for the lighting system is for the lights to be on.”
There's more at the link.
So, let me get this straight. They installed (presumably at vast expense) a new, high-tech lighting system . . . with no on or off switches in each classroom? And no master on/off switch controlling the entire shebang?
Just how did they expect to cope with this sort of problem? Did they plan on necromancy, calling the executed Salem witches to control it with spells?
And as for "doing everything we can to get this problem solved" . . . just how the hell does leaving it unrepaired for more than a year qualify as "doing everything we can"? Sounds more like dereliction of duty and waste of taxpayer dollars to me! Couldn't a local electrical contractor have simply installed a master on/off switch as a temporary measure, saving thousands of dollars in electricity?
Why have the taxpayers of that school district not run the members of their School Board out of town on a rail, complete with tar and feathers?
Yea, verily, the mind doth boggle . . .