Remember when school buildings
only provided shelter?
We believe school buildings should use less energy, demonstrate sound environmental practices and serve as fundamental tools for learning.
The Facility Department has three main focuses: school construction and renovation, buildings and grounds, and energy management. All of our school construction/renovation projects focus on high performance features, student involvement, and life cycle costing. They are designed with leading edge technologies to enhance the learning environment, reduce energy consumption, and reduce long term maintenance costs. New District facilities feature high performance design features such as daylight harvesting, solar panels, rainwater catchment systems, vital signs systems, green building materials, geothermal heating and cooling and vegetated roofs.
The Buildings and Grounds department is dedicated to providing the Students, Staff, and Community of Kenton County inviting, safe, and well maintained facilities in which to learn. The Buildings and Grounds Department is responsible for the maintenance and safety of more than 20 buildings totaling more than 1.7 million ft2. This department has also adopted sustainable practices by implementing cardboard recycling, using water based gym floor finish, using environmentally friendly flooring, and using rebates opportunities from Duke Energy to perform energy efficiency upgrades.
Energy management is a critical component of the Kenton County School District’s mission and vision to prepare students for the global workplace and market. The District’s unique concept of energy management goes beyond just the physical elements of the buildings and recognizes the need to develop a future labor force capable of meeting the anticipated demand for “green collar” jobs over the next twenty years. Our national award-winning energy management approach has propelled the Kenton County School District into the upper echelon of environmental leadership. In partnership with ENERGY STAR, KEEPS, and KY NEED our 18 schools analyze, track, and benchmark energy performance in order to reduce energy consumption by staff, students, and the public.
Some of the goals outlined in the District’s Sustainable Energy Plan include: Establish a District-wide culture of energy awareness, gain ENERGY STAR certification for all facilities, and decrease the District’s energy consumption by 20%.
The Kenton County School District System of Excellence extends beyond the classroom. The Facilities Department not only builds and maintains school buildings, it strives to conserve energy, protect the environment and develop students who have a lifelong commitment to sustainability and sound environmental practices.