Thermostats in all Sweet Home Central District school buildings will be lowered to 55 degrees over the Christmas vacation in an effort to save several thousand dollars in fuel costs, the Sweet Home School Board was told Thursday.
Jim Sheehan, assistant superintendent, said employees from the district's four elementary schools, the middle and high school will be relocated to the district office and other high school offices where the heat will be kept up.
The district offices and the high school share a building at 1901 Sweet Home Road.
Employees were moved to the district office/high school because of the building's computerized heat controls which can be regulated according to area.
Temperatures in district buildings are usually kept at 70 degrees during the day and dropped to the low 60s at night. The energy-saving efforts will be in effect from Dec. 22 to Jan. 1.
Sheehan said many school employees take vacation during the holidays so there will be enough space in the district-high school offices.
Plans also are being made to work with building principals and custodians to continue the energy-saving efforts throughout the year, Sheehan said.