Southside Elementary School in Versailles reduced its energy consumption between 2015 and 2016 by nearly one quarter, earning it the championship title in the Kentucky’s Battle of the School Buildings competition, sponsored by the Kentucky School Boards Association.
In total, 131 schools statewide entered the inaugural competition, overseen by KSBA’s School Energy Managers Project. KSBA representatives made the announcement in presentation ceremonies Monday, May 8 at Southside Elementary, which is part of the Woodford County school system.
“Woodford County has been one of the leaders in a major surge of energy efficiency focus by public schools that has reduced the cost of powering, lighting, heating and cooling these learning centers to the tune of $123 million over the last seven years,” said KSBA Executive Director Mike Armstrong. “Through the work by Southside Elementary and district staff, this school reduced its energy consumption by 24.68 percent between 2015 and 2016. Every dollar saved by these efforts goes right back into the teaching and learning achievements in this district.”
Armstrong and KSBA-SEMP Director Ron Willhite presented the top award to Southside Elementary School Principal Jason McAllister and his faculty and staff, Superintendent Scott Hawkins and members of the Woodford County Board of Education.
Also recognized during the ceremonies were two other participating schools with at least a 20 percent reduction in energy consumption. They are:
- Bourbon County Central Elementary – 24.51% reduction, savings of $4,000
- Woodford County’s Northside Elementary – 22.73% reduction, savings of $5,000
The top 10 schools in the competition are: