A familiar face returns to the role she originated in Bullitt County Public Schools.
Andrea Rock has been named District Energy Auditor. She is rejoining the BCPS team after serving the past four years as an Energy Engineer for Harshaw-Trane.
Rock was the first professional to hold the position when the Bullitt County Board of Education unanimously agreed to partner with other districts as a pilot with the Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program for Schools (KEEPS) project to focus intently on energy-savings through building construction, renovation, troubleshooting through dedicated efforts of staff and students.
The timing was right for Rock to return.
“After being away for a while, I was open to opportunities for coming back,” she said. “It feels great to be a part of the day-to-day operations and feeling like I’m part of a greater good helping the district conserve much needed financial resources. I also look forward to supporting the operation of the facilities as well as helping promote energy and environmental education.”
Rock also observed after working outside of the district for a few years, “I realized that I missed working within the district where my kids go to school.”
A number of changes have occurred in her absence including new buildings and major renovations to current facilities.
“Several buildings have been renovated with different layouts and mechanical systems,” she noted. “Lighting technologies have changed rapidly over the past few years and the district is now upgraded to the latest technology.”
Her immediate goal is to review systems and current energy consumption and develop a plan to continue to drive energy savings.
She lauded former district Energy Auditor Kimberly Joseph’s work in maintaining an excellent level of energy management proficiency.
“Kimberly did a great job bringing the program to the next level and I want to continue to build on those successes,” Rock stated. “We want to see all schools maintain or gain Energy Star status, have a student energy program at each school and be one of the top districts in the state for energy efficiency.”
Being Kentucky’s seventh largest school system, Rock is keenly aware of the challenge facing a district this size.
“There is a lot of data to analyze and many pieces of equipment to monitor to ensure everything is working properly and only operating when buildings are occupied,” she said.
Rock said the current challenge is working with schools which are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Not being able to meet with student energy teams and staff within the schools is the greatest challenge at this point,” she said.
Rock earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2011 from the University of Louisville and is a Certified Energy Manager from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).
Learning from one’s peers is important and Rock said she looks forward to be able to collaborate with other school districts and provide support.
Rock and her husband, Brian, who leads an appraisal management team at Farm Credit Mid America, have three children who attend BCPS. Ian is 16 and a junior at Bullitt Central High School; Austin is 13 and in the eighth grade at Bernheim Middle School; and Eli is nine and in the third grade at Cedar Grove Elementary School.