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Jefferson County's newest school is filled with high-tech equipment for energy efficiency

Its school colors could be green.  Jefferson County's newest school is filled with high-tech gadgets to make it energy efficient.

The school is Ramsey Middle built just south of Jeffersontown off Billtown Road.  It's high-tech all the way, with wireless Internet.  But it should also be energy-efficient.

Crews are working to get Jefferson County's newest school ready for opening day next week.  Teachers are looking forward to their new classrooms.

Ramsey Middle School is a $16 million building designed to be energy-efficient.  It should be the greenest school in the school district.  Designers have gone to great lengths to use as much natural light as possible in all of the classrooms.

Windows in classrooms and even in the gym let the light in, but in warm weather keep the heat out.

Solar panels on the roof provide hot water.  There are motion sensors that turn the lights off when teachers and students leave their classrooms.

Computerized systems control the heating and air conditioning and the amount of fresh air in the building, depending upon the number of people inside.

And for the students, the building will be a giant lab where they can learn first-hand about energy conservation.

And since the school sits on some of the highest land in the county, plans are to install a windmill in the fall which will be tied into the electrical system.

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