To have the governor of the Commonwealth in your community is normally a good thing.
Barring natural disasters, governors visit with their entourage to spread good news.
On Monday, Roby Elementary was the site of Gov. Steve Beshear’s latest visit.
He wasn’t bringing one of those oversized checks to Bullitt County. But he was here to announce a stimulus grant for $4.75 million to a program that Bullitt County has been a part of for several years.
The Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program for Schools offered a pilot plan for districts and Bullitt County jumped on board.
The result is that through training and coaching, the schools in Bullitt County have combined to save thousands of dollars in energy costs, which is the number two expense for school districts in Kentucky.
In 2007, the district saved over $500,000 in energy costs, which can then be used for teachers and instructional items.
Having the governor in Bullitt County to showcase on of the local schools is fantastic. Having the funding to allow more districts to get involved in the KEEPS program is even better.
Congratulations to the Bullitt County Public School System, its leadership and staff, as well as its school board.
The system has devoted major dollars to renovate existing buildings and those improvements include many energy saving measures. The new schools being built are also energy efficient.
Saving every dollar possible for educational purposes is important. With a tightening state budget, cuts will continue for all agencies.
Education is not an area where Kentucky can afford to make any cutbacks.