Do smaller class sizes improve academic performance? The answer is a resounding yes. Our common sense tells us more teacher attention per pupil results in a more engaged student. Numerous studies validate this point (https://www.classsizematters.org/research-and-links/). The landmark Tennessee Star Study (see chart) is the most conclusive evidence smaller class sizes is in our national interest. It proved when students are in class sizes between 13 and 17 students, they are more accountable to learn and behave. However, budget realities make the cost of reducing class sizes unaffordable. Most school districts are so constrained financially they cannot afford to increase pay for even their best teachers.
There is no magic bullet to fixing public schools, but our unique solution will help. We fund the upfront cost for an entire school district’s green energy transformation. The term length is set to ensure positive cash flows the moment installation is completed. We are reimbursed only from energy savings. At the end of term, they keep 100% of the savings.
By funding conversions to smart LED lighting systems, cloud-based HVAC solutions, and other green energy technologies (http://jcsllc5.com/technology-partners/), we produce total electric utility savings of 60 – 80%. This is how every school district can afford to hire more teachers and/or increase pay.
To apply our solution, let’s look at a high-level example using data published by my local public school district. The starting base salary for new teachers is $46,000, and their most recent annual electrical utility cost is $5,600,000. Using our method, they spend $0 to become a district-wide, sustainable energy campus. With a 70% total reduction in utility cost, the district now has $3,900,000 in cash savings of which $3,312,000 is spent on reimbursement payments. They enjoy an immediate cash flow increase of $588,000 annually which pays for 12 new teachers during the contract period. At the conclusion of the term, the remaining savings of $3,312,000 annually is theirs. This example allows them to hire a whopping 72 additional teachers for a total of 84 new teachers!
We can shrink class sizes by adding more teachers. There are no bond referendums. There are no tax increases. There are no upfront costs. There is no discrimination against poorer districts. Help us improve student performance via smaller class sizes while doing what’s right for our planet!
Travis Jones is the founder and President & CEO of Jones Consulting Services, LLC, www.jcsllc5.com. He has led 7 different lighting companies to record sales and profits. Travis is a leadership, sales management, and customer service consultant. He is reachable at email@example.com.