(KMOV) – The St. Louis Public Schools have 45 buildings sitting empty – some of them are left with the lights on.
Leaving the lights on in those empty buildings costs the district more than $55,000 a year. Many of those building are closed because of budget cuts and declining enrollment.
When asked why the lights are left on, the district cites security reasons. The district estimates that it costs about $100 a month to maintain utilities, burglar alarms and fire alarms at each of the closed-down schools. They say that leaving those lights on might save money in the long run if it prevents vandalism and other damage inside the buildings.
The district says it’s trying to sell some of the buildings, but there just aren’t a lot of buyers in the current real estate market.