Bill Orr: On the Joy of Meeting the Students of CHPS Schools

Bill Orr, CHPS Executive Director
March CHPS E-bulletin Column

There is nothing that affirms why we do what we do everyday like spending time with students at their high performance school. CHPS Board members and staff had two such opportunities in March with the recognition of the first two CHPS Verified schools in California.

First, the CHPS Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting at High Tech High Chula Vista (HTHCV) near San Diego on March 10, 2011. Many CHPS Board members were in attendance as Chair Chip Fox presented the very first CHPS Verified plaque to the school Science Club at a ceremony. HTHCV is a public charter school serving 550 students in grades 9-12. The goals of the new school buildings were to create a toxics-free learning environment, use resources sustainably and cost-effectively and teach, learn, and engage at every opportunity. The project involves the use of natural daylight, photovoltaics to generate energy onsite, operable windows for natural ventilation, reclaimed water to decrease potable water use and environmentally-sensitive building siting. It was amazing to see the board members engage with the students throughout the day and impressive the sense of ownership that the students displayed for their school.

Second, CHPS Board representative Richard Flood was on hand on March 26th to present the CHPS Verified plaque to Bolsa Knolls Middle School of the Santa Rita Union School District in Salinas, CA. This project is comprised of six Gen7 modular classrooms and serves 6th and 7th graders . CHPS is proud to honor Bolsa Knolls and Gen7 for this breakthrough achievement. The green design is exemplary, offering flexibility and resource efficiency while providing valuable long-term benefits for students, teachers, school districts and communities. A case study of the Bolsa Knolls project may be found at: School officials, teachers, students and parents all attended the event. The event kicked off with a ribbon cutting and afterward, attendees met and spoke with staff and faculty members and took a guided tour of the school's new facilities.

As exciting as it is to celebrate these firsts, we are looking forward to many CHPS Verified projects over the next couple of years thanks in large part to the new joint review process by CHPS and the State of California, reduced CHPS Verified fees and increased High Performance Incentives that are detailed in this issue.

March 31, 2011 (San Francisco, CA) Bill Orr discusses the opening of two new CHPS Verified schools ~order=2011-03-31
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