As school districts wrestle with budget cuts and reductions in funding, many are looking for ways to cut spending and preserve capital without negatively affecting the quality of education they deliver. Capital expenses not directly related to education are in their crosshairs, including investments in central plant upgrades or expansions. As a result, many institutions operate their equipment for as long as possible in what’s commonly referred to as the “run to fail” mode.
Although understandable, this strategy is not without risk. Equipment that is not properly maintained runs inefficiently, increasing operating expenses. And when, not if, it fails, the expenses associated with bringing the system back online can wreak havoc with an already tight budget. Meanwhile, school districts face pressure from parents and school boards to restore a comfortable, safe, and healthy environment for the students in their care.