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Tipton County schools cuts thousands from budget with flip of switch

(WMC-TV) - One Mid-South school system is figuring out a creative yet easy way to cut thousands of dollars from their budget without too much effort. 

In a time of big budget cuts, the Tipton County School system is cutting thousands of dollars every year from its budget with the simple flip of a switch.

"We have students acting as energy police.  They go through the schools and look at classrooms.  When the lights are left on, they'll turn them off and they'll remind each other we need to conserve," said Director of Schools Dr. Buddy Bibb.

Bibb said the school system saved over $53,000 in just six months last year.

He hopes to save some $300,000 per year by following simple steps of conservation.

"Turn off their lights when students are not in the classrooms, adjust thermostats when teachers leave at the end of the day, then we can save money and use it on instructional programs," Bibb continued.

In a 2010 report, Tipton County Schools was ranked sixth best in the state when it comes to money per student spent on energy - which equaled about two hundred dollars a year.

Director Bibb said by doing everything they can to cut expenses, more money can go towards other expenses, including gasoline and diesel for transportation.

"We've had to cut $600,000 in capital outlay dollars, but there's still things we've got to do like repairs on buildings," said Bibb.

The system wide focus on energy conservation is part of the schools' five-year strategic plan.

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