School Board Members’ Resource Center

Catalysts for Positive Change

School board members have never been under more pressure than they are today. Resources are constrained in virtually every district across America, yet parents and other community members continue to resist cuts in services — or an increase in taxes. In this difficult environment, public school board meetings can easily become tense sessions, where civility is an early casualty. School board members become sounding boards for complaints and concerns, and not just at board meetings.

Successful board members provide value to their communities by promoting reasoned, fact-based decision making. They must demonstrate that they are responsible stewards of the public’s resources. For more than 1,200 school districts in the United States, a Cenergistic energy conservation program has been an effective way to deliver energy savings for their district, improve the district’s record on sustainability, and show strong, proactive leadership. Cenergistic programs become a unifying influence in a district, creating a shared sense of purpose and pride among administrators, staff, faculty, students and the community at large. In this environment, the school board is seen as a catalyst for positive community-wide change.

Success Stories

Utah - Weber School District

Weber School District
Ogden, UT

District leadership understood quickly they did not have the expertise or resources to develop an energy program that could achieve significant, long-term savings. However, by partnering with Cenergistic the district has not only saved over $20 million in ten years, but has positioned the school district as a conservation model for the state of Utah.

Mr. Drew Wilson
Administrative Director of Facilities

Mr. Wilson has served Weber School District for 36 years. He was a teacher for 12 years, assistant principal or principal for 12 years and has been a district office administrator for 12 years. He is responsible for new construction, maintenance of 49 facilities, the transportation fleet of 186 buses, custodial services, land acquisition, telephone systems and energy management.

Mr. Wilson earned his Bachelor of Science in Biological Teaching degree and Master of Secondary Education degree from Weber State University, as well as his Administrative Endorsement from Utah State University. He serves as treasurer for Greek Orthodox Church.

2003 27,923 4,403,106 36% 120 54.43

Indiana - Decatur County Community Schools

Decatur County Community Schools
Greensburg, IN

Decatur County Community Schools is the only ENERGY STAR 60% Leader (reduction) in the nation. It was also the nation’s first 50% Leader. All of the district’s schools earned the ENERGY STAR for 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Mr. Donald Lewellyn
Maintenance Director, Energy Manager

Mr. Donald Lewellyn is Director, Maintenance & Operations and Energy Manager for Decatur County Community Schools. He has more than 15 years of experience in electrical, mechanical, energy management, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning experience. He has eight years of experience as Buildings and Grounds Director.

2008 2,200 391,355 61% 59 37.29

Virginia - Loudoun County Public Schools - Energy Specialist 1

Loudoun County Public Schools
Ashburn, VA

Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), the fourth largest school district in the Commonwealth of Virginia, serves more than 60,000 students across 10 high schools, 13 middle schools, 51 elementary schools, a technology center, and an alternative education school, representing over 9.1 million square feet.

LCPS received ENERGY STAR recognition for showing continued dedication to improving its energy efficiency while educating students about the importance of being good environmental stewards.

Key achievements include:

  • Earning ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award in 2014, 2013 & 2012 and Partner of the Year in 2010 & 2011.
  • Performing energy audits at four schools and identifying and resolving more than 190 issues, reducing district annual utility expenses by $86,000 in these four schools alone.
  • Earning ENERGY STAR Leaders recognition in January 2010 for improving its portfolio-wide energy efficiency by 10 percent.
  • Earning the ENERGY STAR for 24 buildings in 2009 for a total of 25.
  • Virginia School Board Association Certified Green Schools 2011, First Place Winner (Student population 10,001 and up), Platinum Certification

Mr. John Lord
Energy Specialist

Mr. John Lord earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from Colorado State University with a concentration in Latin American Studies.  He is a licensed Spanish teacher with 10 years of classroom experience. 

He is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Sustainable Development Professional, Certified Demand Side Management Professional, Certified Energy Auditor and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional through the Association of Energy Engineers. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Capital Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers.

1993 69,000 9,135,180 27% 246 61.13

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