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Cover Story - October 7, 2011

Prowling teacher aims to save big money for schools

Former JLS English teacher investigates errant light switches in the dead of night

Can simple behavior changes by teachers — shutting doors, unplugging classroom televisions — save more than a half-million dollars in utility costs for cash-hungry Palo Alto schools?

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Posted by summer, a resident of Community Center
on Oct 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm

They are going to lose any savings once they install the required air conditioners in elementary schools required due to the calendar change.

Posted by palo alto mom, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Required air conditioners? Required by who?

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 7, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Don't be silly. As soon as the schools and the rest of us start using less, PA Utilities will put the charges up because they are not making enough revenue to pay their bills.

Posted by summer, a resident of Community Center
on Oct 10, 2011 at 8:21 am

By kinders sitting in 100 degree classrooms in early August. Fine for those in Paly/Gunn in their air-conditioned classes.

Posted by Wife of M.D., a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 10, 2011 at 8:38 am

Navarro is a waste of money for the school district.

Navarro should not lessen the time that the water runs because it will become a health issue. Soap needs to contact hands for at least 15-20 seconds to kill germs on the hands. And then they need time to be rinsed off. From the Center for Disease Control:

"What is the best technique for washing my hands to avoid getting the flu?

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. CDC recommends that when you wash your hands -- with soap and warm water -- that you wash for 15 to 20 seconds."

Navarro states: "If someone wants to do a really good job of washing their hands and 20 seconds isn't enough, they can always press it twice."

No! Then the person gets germs on their hands again when they press the faucet to continue rinsing their hands. Navarro is misinformed and germs will be spread because of her.

Posted by Roger, a resident of Community Center
on Oct 10, 2011 at 10:18 am

Correction: "The first $100,000+ of savings" will go to paying for a teacher not teaching!

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