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November 2, 2012

Rowan schools saving money on energy

Nov. 2, 2012 — In today’s economy, everyone is trying to save as much as they can as living costs increase constantly.

The Rowan County school district was looking for ways to save money on energy when it partnered with Harshaw Trane, an energy company in Louisville.

Christy McGuire of Harshaw Trane was on hand during last week’s school board meeting to provide an update of the cost savings.

From December 2010 to February 2012, the school district saved approximately $168,875.

RCSHS saw the most at $144,421. Others were RCMS $12,759; McBrayer Elementary $11,402; and Tilden Hogge Elementary $192.

McGuire said she was very impressed with the savings that the school board can put into other places.

“That money equates to textbooks, teacher’s salaries, and resources for children that maybe they couldn’t have had or the budget would’ve allowed before,” McGuire said.

Supt. Marvin Moore said students are more comfortable in the classroom and cafeteria. He said if a student is more comfortable, the better they will learn.

Moore also said this energy saving initiative will pay dividends.

“We’re looking every day for ways to conserve energy,” Moore said. “Any time we save energy, that’s money that can go back in to the classroom. We hope to put it back in the classroom for technology and supplies. Both are expensive and anytime we have savings we can put money back toward those programs.”

The school district has saved 10 percent in the past year.

With the savings, it would be the equivalent to 549 cars not driving in one year, 5,898 barrels of oil not burned, 326 houses of electricity reduced for one year and 21 acres of forest preserved for one year.

“The board knew we needed to do something to help reduce energy and save money and also be good stewards of the environment,” McGuire said.

There are 176 school districts in Kentucky and Rowan County is one of only seven in the state to be recognized as an Energy Star Leader.

McGuire said the savings go even further than just in the school district.

“They are setting examples for their students that they can also take home and implements in their homes,” McGuire said.

MacKenzie Bates can be reached at mbates@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.

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