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Energy savings continue to rise for local schools

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Redistricting hearing set for Tuesday, Aug. 18, will be moved to BC Auditorium at 7 p.m. Five minute speaking limit

By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - The transformation is not cheap.

However, dividends are already being felt as the Bullitt County Public School District moves forward in its efforts to become more energy efficient.

Trane has been hired by the district to install energy efficiency measures in all the schools, including new controls, lighting and other mechanical items.

School board members learned at the past meeting that in the first six months of implementation in a select number of schools, the district had saved about $86,000 in utility costs.

For the 2009 goal, the district had already accomplished 70 percent of its savings.

Andrea Rock is in charge of the district’s energy program and oversees the implementation of the new systems.

Board member Gary Wooldridge said he was pleased to see the quick results and he was impressed by Trane’s work.

The system will allow all the monitoring of utility uses in each school to be done through the central office.

In other business:

*Tom Wells became the first resident to question board members over the redistricting plan proposed.

A public hearing will be held at the Aug. 18 board meeting.

His area in Greenbriar Woods Subdivision would be slated to move from the Pleasant Grove Elementary district to Mount Washington Elementary. That move would also take students from Eastside Middle to Mount Washington Middle.

Wells said he moved to the community knowing that he would be in the Pleasant Grove/Eastside district.

He didn’t understand why the subdivision was the only one on the west side of Greenbriar Road to be redistricted.

Parents from the subdivision contribute a lot of volunteer hours, including one resident who is the volunteer coordinator.

“I think we contribute to the success of the school,” said Wells.

Superintendent Keith Davis said the redistricting process is about numbers.

With over 700 students, Pleasant Grove has been overcrowded and the new elementary school being constructed is to help in bringing school population figures more in line.

“It’s about numbers,” said Davis.

He was confident that students at Mount Washington Elementary and Mount Washington Middle receive quality educations. And he invited parents to attend the Aug. 18 meeting and to fill out survey information on-line.

*Board member Lorraine McLaughlin felt that the district should explore the options of hiring a full-time staff attorney in lieu of contracting the service out.

She hoped to table a vote on the contract for Eric Farris until the August meeting.

However, that motion ended in a 2-2 vote.

Davis recommended retaining Farris’ law office and that motion was approved 3-1 with McLaughlin in opposition.

*Three students who were involved in a bomb threat at the end of the school year at Bullitt Lick Middle were expelled.

The district will provide educational services for the students at Day Treatment Program for the 2009-10 school year with a recommendation on future placement after that time.

The next meeting of the Bullitt County Public School Board will be on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. at the central office. The public is invited to attend.