Building Services is responsible working with utilities to provide domestic water, sanitary sewer, storm water management, natural gas, liquid petroleum, fuel oil, unleaded gasoline, communication and electrical services.

Water

Water MeterMadison Metropolitan School District facilities are served by the Madison Water Utility except the School Forest which is served by private wells. The district consumes approximately 47 million gallons of water annually.

 

 

Sewer

All Madison Metropolitan School District facilities are served by the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District except the School Forest which is served by on-site holding tanks.

 

Storm Water

The District maintains on-site storm water management systems at Memorial, Olson, Hoyt, Leopold and Lincoln schools designed to control runoff of sediments and storm water.  Storm water management systems include infiltration swales, rain gardens, bio-retention areas and sediment control structures.
These systems require on-going maintenance and inspections to ensure proper operations.

 

Natural Gas

Gas MeterAll Madison Metropolitan School District Facilities, with the exception of the School Forest, are served with natural gas supplied through Madison Gas & Electric systems.

For the 2010-2011 fiscal year, the District consumed approximately 2.6 million therms of natural gas.
In an effort to save money, Building Services works with natural gas suppliers to purchase natural gas on the spot market during the non-heating season.   Annually, approximately 1.6 million therms of natural gas are purchased under this program.

 

Liquid Petroleum

School Forest uses liquid petroleum for cooking and to heat domestic hot water in the Kitchen Building.

 

Fuel Oil

Alternative fuel sources are maintained at fourteen facilities. This alternative fuel source serves the heating systems and in some cases, the stand-by power systems.  This alternative fuel source allows the district to take advantage of reduced natural gas rate structures. Total capacity of fuel oil storage systems district-wide is 72,000 gallons.

 

Unleaded Gasoline

Gasoline PumpThe Building Services maintains a 10,000 gallon capacity unleaded gasoline dispensing station that serves requirements for the small engine equipment and the vehicle fleet. The district annually consumes approximately 28,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline.

 

 

 

Communications

Desk TelephoneMadison Metropolitan School District operates an in-house centralized phone system and all internal calls between buildings carry no usage charges. We have 10,000 DID (direct inward dialing) phone numbers, 3,540 active phones, and 185 fax machines.

All numbers are updated and are provided to 911 for emergency services annually. There are currently 450 cell phones, 830 radios and 140 pagers in use district-wide. Elementary and Middle schools are served with fiber optic with 50 Megabit throughput, High Schools are served with 100 throughout.

Charter Communications serve Madison School District for basic cable services. Madison schools take the signal and amplifies it for distribution throughout our buildings.

 

Electrical Service 

Electrical PanelAll Madison Metropolitan School District Facilities, with the exception of the Chavez, Olson and the School Forest, are served with electricity supplied by Madison Gas & Electric systems.  Chavez, Olson and the School Forest are served with electricity supplied by Alliant Energy.  For the 2010-2011 fiscal year, the District consumed approximately 24.2 million kWh (kilo Watt hours) of electricity. 

Madison Metropolitan School District has 62 electrical service entrances and 86 means of main service disconnect. The total capacity of our electrical services is 93,700 amps. 

The majority of services are 120/208 volts, with 480 volts for motors at Wright, East, and Memorial.  East High School is the last school to have a dedicated 220 volt service for shops and large motors. There are 17 buildings served by emergency generators, with Olson Elementary having generator at 320 Kilowatts. The remaining buildings have battery operated emergency lights and exit signs.