RSD schools aim for LEED Silver certification, the national standard for green building and energy efficiency. The district plans to complete construction on 17 new and 13 renovated LEED-certified schools by 2013. It most recently broke ground at its William Frantz School (3811 N. Galvez St.) on Nov. 19, a $22 million project to be completed in 2011. It will be LEED Silver certified.
Vallas said the RSD wants to not only construct green buildings but also create positive environments for students to learn. "There is clear and compelling evidence that the greener the buildings — particularly those that maximize natural light — the better children are going to perform academically," Vallas said