Wednesday, November 28, 2007

KCS & Trane Partner To Save Energy & Save Money

Three students to win $1000 savings bonds

Knox County Schools and one of its newest Partners in Education, Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort systems and comprehensive facility solutions, have teamed to conduct a light switch plate design contest for Knox County Schools students.

With utilities costs exceeding $ 12 million dollars per year, the reduction of energy expenses in the Knox County School System is a top priority for the Maintenance and Operations Department, headed by Jim French. During the past several months, French has established an Energy Management Team within his department, and hired an Energy Manager - Zane Foraker, P.E., C.E.M. to head up the ongoing initiative.

One of the core goals of the Energy Management Team is the education of all facility users in the wise use of energy. Through a collaborative effort between Trane, and the KCS Energy Management Team an exciting contest is being conducted for all Knox County Schools students.
The contest is coordinated by the Knox County Schools Art Department, headed by Dr. Fred Patterson.

"The goal of this contest is to create an increased awareness of energy savings habits, foster student involvement in energy savings practices, recognize student achievement, and experience energy savings due to reduced lighting usage," said French.

This contest will involve students creating a design for a light switch plate sticker that reminds all facility users to turn off the lights in unoccupied areas. All of the students' entries will be required to be hand drawn, though the text can be computer generated, stenciled, or pressed on.

"The contest is sponsored by Trane as part of their commitment to community service within the Knox County School System and the Partners In Education Program," said Nancy McBee, business development manager for Tennessee Trane. "It is open to all students in the school system. There will be a preliminary round of judging at each individual school, which will produce one entry from each school. The one winning entry from each school will then be submitted to the Knox County Schools Maintenance and Operations Department to represent the school for the final judging."

Entries will be divided into three categories based on the level of school. There are 12 high schools, 14 middle schools and 50 elementary schools in the Knox County School System. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges who will review the entries and award points on four judging criteria: artistry, creativity and originality, overall impression, and communication of a clear and positive message to turn off the lights in unoccupied areas.

According to French, the final judging will take place on or about January 15, 2008. Each of the three students who create the winning entries will be receiving a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond. In addition, the schools that these students attend will receive a plaque commemorating the contest winner.

"Most importantly, the winning design for each school level will be printed as a sticker to be used on light switch plates in all schools of the respective winning level. The grand prize winners will be announced at a Knox County School Board Meeting after they are selected," he said.

"If lights are turned off for one additional hour each school day in a classroom with 16 four-lamp light fixtures, the Knox County School System will avoid spending more than $25 per school year per classroom," said McBee. " This could result in a cost avoidance of over $100,000.00 a year. This is just one example of how small changes in habits regarding energy use can make a significant difference."

"I urge everyone to join us in the energy conservation fight - when you leave a room, turn out the light," said French.

For more information about the Knox County Schools Partners In Education program, please contact Scott Bacon @ 594-1909

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

If you would like to participate in developing the profile for our new superintendent, please see the meeting schedule below. This is your opportunity to engage with the search firm and provide your input.
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Community Forum – (north area) – Central High School Auditorium – 5321 Jacksboro Pike – 37918
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Community Forum – (south area) – South-Doyle High School Auditorium – 2020 Tipton Station Road – 37931
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Community Forum – (east area) – Austin-East High School Auditorium – 2800 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue – 37914
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Community Forum – (west area) – Bearden High School Auditorium – 8352 Kingston Pike - 37919
The meetings are for the public to provide input and school board members are not supposed to attend. This is your chance to be heard and I encourage you to participate!