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Schools plan to conserve energy
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With school energy usage increasing after a year that saw record savings, school officials hoping to right the ship are considering changes to school policy.“We have to realize energy conservation is hand in hand with staffing and personnel,” said School Board chairman Bill Zechman, pointing out that money saved by conserving energy can be used to pay teachers and staff and improve education in Warren County.Of premium concern to School Board members are early numbers which showed school system employees who had saved tens of thousands of dollars during the 2011-12 school year were not keeping the same pace this school year. Maintenance officials believe the lack of conservation has come because school staffers have fallen back into old habits when it comes to use of mini-refrigerators and not turning off electrical appliances at night.Given the fact the savings during the 2011-12 school year were almost exclusively from behavior modification, Building and Grounds director Donnie Caldwell issued a 13-page school energy conservation manual to the School Board for its consideration. Caldwell asked board members to take the ideas contained in the manual under advisement and to consider making it part of school rules.The manual sets forth responsibilities for staffers at the various schools, pointing out who is responsible for turning off electrical items at night.