Nelson County Schools was recognized, Jan. 23, in the capitol rotunda as one of the top five energy efficient school districts in Kentucky for the 2016-17 school year. Nelson came in at number three on the list.
Ranking first was Owen County Schools and second was Butler County Schools. Walton-Verona Independent Schools and Scott County Schools respectively ranked fourth and fifth.
The awards were presented by the Kentucky School Boards Association.
Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt noted the growing costs of educating Kentucky students and the challenge to find revenue to cover those costs. While energy costs are rising, he said, school leaders have responded and found ways to save money.
“I applaud all the efforts by all districts to manage energy use and expenditures and encourage continued focus on managing this critical line item,” he said.
District maintenance supervisor Kevin Mattingly (center) holds the award presented to Nelson County in recognition of the accomplishment. With him, from left are Kerri Schelling, executive director, Kentucky School Boards Association; Adam Pierce, CMTA Energy Solutions; Todd Sanders, director of physical support services; Josh Bunch, energy manager; Tim Hockensmith, chief operating officer; Tom Brown, acting superintendent; Stephen Ward, Studio Kremer Architects; State Senator Jimmy Higdon; Michael Salsman, BCD, Inc.; Representative Jim Gooch, Jr.; State Senator Jared Carpenter; and Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt. Photo submitted