Nebo School District's construction of portable classrooms has landed the district an award from the Utah Energy Office.

Each of the 50 buildings, which hold two classrooms, save the district $250 in heating costs per winter month, according to Zera Staheli, Nebo's supervisor of physical facilities.Staheli received the 1988 Governor's Award for Excellency in Energy Innovation for the Public Sector from J. Collin Allan, president of the Nebo School Board, at the board's Tuesday meeting.

"We're appreciative of the money saved," Allan said. "Because that money is education money."

Nebo began adding portable buildings in the mid-1970s. After eight two-classroom structures were completed, the district decided to build its own structures, Staheli said.

The district employs a full-time construction staff, including plumbers, electricians and carpenters, to construct the buildings. Staheli introduced six of those employees at the meeting.

Mike Glenn of the Utah Energy Office nominated the Nebo district for the award. "Mike Glenn wanted the public sector to know that through proper insulation and building construction it was possible to build a structure that was comfortable and economical," Staheli said.

Staheli, a licensed contractor, said the district begins to make up the initial investment of construction three years after each building is completed.

He has been employed by the Nebo School District for 24 years.