SARAH COBB FIRST TOTALLY COMPLIANT ENERGY ED SITE IN SUMTER COUNTY SCHOOLS
DR. BROOKS AND MRS. WATFORD CELEBRATE SAVINGS
SARAH COBB FIRST TOTALLY COMPLIANT ENERGY ED SITE IN SUMTER COUNTY SCHOOLS Since December, 2008, administrators, teachers and staff in Sumter County Schools have partnered to seek maximum cost avoidance savings for electric, water and gas usage. To date, the district has achieved over $751,000 in savings. The money is money that is NOT spent from the operating budget of the district. Most school days, Mulkey McMichael, Energy Education Manager for Sumter County Schools, makes unannounced visits to one of the eight schools in the district. "Because of increasing 'cost avoidance/savings' numbers, and the estimated savings of 19.8 teacher jobs in Sumter County Schools, administrators, teachers and staff have a heightened awareness of how much money can be saved with these combined efforts," said McMichael.
The competition between the eight Sumter County Schools continues to grow. The total cost avoidance savings maintains at 27%+ since the program's inception. On a 6:00 a.m. visit to Sarah Cobb, McMichael discovered total or 100% compliance with all program aspects of the energy conservation program. For the past two years, Sumter County Elementary has been the first school with total compliance. Now, Sarah Cobb Elementary takes the honor as the first school to be totally compliant," said McMichael.
Here, Sarah Cobb Principal, Mrs. Barbara Watford and Superintendent Roy Brooks proudly display a poster announcing recognition as the first totally compliant school with Energy Education for 2011. "I am proud of my teachers and staff. This citation poster will be copied and appear throughout Sarah Cobb Elementary. We want to continue to do everything we can to save money for our school system," said Mrs. Watford.