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Kimberly Joseph in charge of making sure energy used well

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE - Kimberly Joseph is electrified at being chosen the Bullitt County Public Schools new energy manager.

“My previous experience was working with district superintendents, staff, and energy managers to help build an energy management program in the districts that I worked with,” she said. “I’m excited to be the new energy manager here at Bullitt County.”

She replaces Andrea Rock who resigned to spend more time with her three young children.

“Andrea Rock had established a great program, and the district has invested a lot of money and effort into having top-notch facilities and systems,” Joseph said. “I hope to use my skills and continue to learn new things to continue this energy management program.”

The district has seen a substantial savings since joining the Kentucky Energy Efficient Program (KEEPS) program as a pilot venture in 2006. Under Rock’s leadership, schools earned ENERGY STAR status for energy conservation measures and student energy teams were formed.

The vigilance on energy conservation saved taxpayers over $800,000 through KEEPS along with the upgrades made through the ongoing energy savings performance contract.”

Joseph’s responsibilities include supervising energy usage all the way through new construction planning to daily monitoring of electrical consumption.

“As an energy manager, my main goal is to see continued energy use reduction in the district, which translates into fiscal savings,” she said. “I work for the school district, and I want to see student and teacher involvement with the Energy Watchdog program. Students can learn about real world, practical applications. They can learn about energy and environmental sustainability - which they can take into their own homes right now, and into their future careers as adults. I believe in a team approach, and would love to work with all departments on how we can continue to save energy and improve the learning environment for our students.”

As school budgets grow leaner, officials are on the lookout for ways to save money.

“Energy conservation is extremely important, from a manufacturing facility to a school district, and to our individual homes,” Joseph explained. “We are making an environmental impact when we reduce energy consumption, but we save dollars that can be used in other areas of our business, district, or lives. As a school district, we are being fiscally responsible with taxpayer dollars. And our students are learning those practical life lessons that will benefit them no matter which career path they choose in the future.”

Joseph desires to see every local school with a student energy watchdog team.

“As the energy auditor, I am available to work with the teacher sponsors and teams,” she said. “I know that teachers have many tasks that they are responsible for throughout the year. I want to find teachers that are interested in energy and sustainability. I am very familiar with the two curriculum programs (NEED and KGHS), and will be delighted to help any teacher use those resources in conjunction with the Energy Watchdog Program.  Student teams are great to work with, and it’s amazing to see the many ideas and projects that they come up with regarding energy use and conservation.”

For the past two years, Joseph has worked as Regional Coordinator for the Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program (KEEPS) at the University of Louisville. Her responsibilities included providing support, outreach and training to public school districts in Kentucky.

While at U of L, she also developed and established cross developmental energy committees and managed data collection and customer resource database for all clients in the program.

“I enjoyed working with the 30 school districts I served with the KEEPS,” she said. “I got to see firsthand the effort that every staff member in a school district puts forth in order to provide the best education for students in Kentucky. I wanted to be part of the team here in Bullitt County, a place where I grew up and still live.”

Rarely does one see all of a professional’s career and personal school in one location.

Joseph earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in geography/environmental analysis in 2006 followed by a Master’s degree in Business Administration from U of L.

From 2001-2008 she was program coordinator of U of L’s Urban Studies Institute where she assisted over 300 healthcare providers with compliance and interpretation of Medicaid, Federal and Kentucky State Regulations. She also collected and entered patient data into the program database and prepared reports from MS SQL database.

“I imported, prepared and audited state claims along with payments for the program averaging $27 million per year,” she said. “Some of my other duties included coordinating yearly surveys, mass mailings and the program website.”

After seven years in that position, Joseph decided to apply for program coordinator senior in U of L’s purchasing department.

From 2009-2010 she supported the day to day operations of the university’s procurement card program, acting as the direct liaison between university departments, vendors and PNC Bank.

“I managed the university’s fuel card program, updated accounts and purchasing codes,” she said.

That led to her most recent role with KEEPS.

She has been married to Mike Joseph for a little over five years and they enjoy hiking, travel, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Bullitt County Public Schools has nearly 13,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12. There are 25 school facilities, a certified staff of over 900 and a classified staff of over 850 working every school day to make the district the leader in educational excellence.