"Going green" can be expensive, so Union Local Board of Education members are right to consider a proposal on it carefully.
Board members have heard rcommendations on a "green" plan to use less energy in school facilities. Among suggestions are use of more efficient lighting and upgrades to heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment.
The district may be able to borrow state funds for such improvements, board members were told. They agreed to consider the proposal.
School officials have a responsibility to provide children with the best educations practical at the least cost possible to taxpayers. Supporting popular fads or social trends should not be on their agenda.
For that reason, discussion of the "green" plan should consist solely of a cost-benefit analysis. If implementing the recommendations can save money on energy bills, even in the long run, they should be considered. The cost of repaying any loans, along with maintenance expenses for existing equipment compared to that being recommended, should be considered.
If "going green" saves money, the board should proceed to do so.