BOE honored for $431,000 in energy savings
by Daniel Gaddy
May 22, 2012 | 1137 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Jasper City Board of Education was recently honored by a national energy conservation company for making $431,600 in savings over 21 months.

Superintendent Robert Sparkman said the number represents a 27 percent reduction in the school district’s energy costs.

“You have been extremely successful in the implementation of this program,” said Truman Atkins, a representative of the Dallas-based Energy Education, during the board’s meeting.

Two years ago, the Jasper City School System hired Energy Education to spot ways the district could save on its utility expenses.

Atkins came to the board’s meeting on Monday to present school officials with Energy Education’s Pacesetter Award. He said the honor is given to school systems that reach above average savings that are only possible through the support and cooperation of administrators and staff.

“You have set the pace for not only your district, but for school districts throughout the state,” he said.

Sparkman reminded the audience that the money the district saves on power and water bills is now put toward technology. Because of the energy saving efforts of administrators and staff, he said, nearly every classroom in the school system has items like interactive blackboards called Smartboards or document camera projectors.

In other business, the board:

•Received a report regarding the district’s financial report, which found there were no weaknesses or issues of non-compliance.

•Recognized Memorial Park Elementary School teacher Katie Oliver for being inducted into Jacksonville State University’s Teacher Hall of Fame. It also recognized the Walker High School Key Club for winning an award for International Key Club of the Year for 2012. Education officials also presented dozens of awards to several academic and athletic groups in the school district.

•Approved the school system’s district calendar for the 2012-2013 school year. The schedule was changed due to a law recently passed by the Alabama Legislature. In an effort to save money for the Education Trust Fund, state lawmkers shortened the school year for districts throughout Alabama.