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Middle school named for elder Ramsey to pilot solar, wind energy

September 19th, 2008

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James Ramsey, left, his father, John L., right, and JCPS Superintendent Sheldon Berman unveil a portrait of John L., for whom a JCPS middle school is named.

A new Jefferson County middle school named after University of Louisville President James Ramsey’s father will be the site of a pilot project testing the use of solar and wind energy.

The John L. Ramsey Middle School on Gellhaus Lane was dedicated Sept. 18. It opened Aug. 12.

Ramsey Middle School is built with durable materials following many energy-reduction principles, including additional wall insulation and high-tech glazing systems to improve the building’s thermal envelope.

The school has solar hot water. A windmill and a photovoltaic system soon will be added to generate electricity to help operate the facility. Researchers from the UofL Speed School of Engineering are working with the school on the pilot. If it proves to be viable, they may take it to other schools, James Ramsey told the Energizing Kentucky conference Sept. 19.

Ramsey Middle School also uses motion sensors in the classrooms to automatically turn lights and fresh air off when the rooms are not in use.

The school has 526 students in grades six through eight. It ultimately will serve up to 950 students.

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