Orange Middle School students Cory Richards and MaCaelan Rahn received awards for having efficient ideas just before school got out in June. “The Jack V. Levine Award is presented as part of our district culture of saving money,” said Superintendent of Schools Charles Dumais. “We have adults on the staff participate on these efforts as Jack encouraged us to get them involved as well.”
“This year, there were 47 applications for the award from the three schools. We’re very pleased with that participation,” said the district’s Director of Finance and Administration, Theresa Lumas.
The two came up with the same idea independently, according to Lumas, “Their idea was to replace the paper towel dispensers in the bathrooms with air hand dryers. They gave examples with quotes and prices, talked about how much electricity we could save and also thought about the decrease in what would be going into landfills. It was well thought out.”
“Jack Levine was our financial director for many years and a very well respected financial manager. He always recognized that the people who have the best ideas about how to improve the efficiency of an operation are the people who are involved in it and see it every day,” said Board Chairman William Blake.
“Congratulations to our award recipients and your families. We know you are very proud and we are as well,” said Blake.
By Melissa Nicefaro – Orange Town News Correspondent