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1.        Purpose

The Board recognizes the need to conserve energy and energy related natural resources; therefore, the Board supports the monitoring of energy consumption and its expense, the implementation of approved energy conservation measures, the education of students in energy conservation as well as the limitations of our natural resource supplies, and the training of employees in energy conservation.  As part of its fiscal responsibility and in consideration of the continuing cost of energy, the Board strongly endorses program of energy management designed to minimize energy consumption in the school district while continuously researching new technologies to reduce energy costs.

2.        Authority         

The implementation of this policy and its administrative regulations is the joint responsibility of school directors, administrators, professionals, support personnel and students.  Its success depends upon cooperation between and among these stakeholders.

3.        Delegation of


Every student and every employee’s cooperation is essential.  Each will be expected to contribute to our district’s efficient energy consumption.  Energy awareness and conservation will be included in the curriculum and staff development so that everyone will become an informed energy consumer and an energy “saver.”


The administration is authorized to issue specific energy conservation guidelines for use by employees in managing school facilities.

Administrators and Faculty

When students are not present in the classrooms (such as in the morning before classes, during lunch and recess, and after school) turn off all of the lights in the classrooms, except those that will be directly used.  Adjust window blinds to minimize the amount of artificial light required.  Turn off all of the lights in each room upon leaving for the day.  Be sure all of the windows in each room are closed and locked at the end of the day.  All computers, monitors, printers, etc., in classrooms and offices (but NOT in computer labs) must also be turned off when not in use.  

The Technology Department will designate a day when the computers must be left on in order to receive the updates that evening.  Report questionable conditions to the building principal.

Head Custodians

Be sure all unnecessary light fixtures in storage rooms, mechanical rooms, cafeterias, kitchens, and other similar spaces are turned off during the day.  Delay turning corridor and restroom light fixtures on until one (1) hour prior to the start of classes each day.  Be sure to immediately report, in writing, all malfunctioning equipment (lighting, heating, air conditioning, plumbing, etc.) so repairs may be completed as quickly as possible.

      4.  Guidelines

Second and Third Shift Custodians

At the beginning of each shift, check assigned area(s) to be sure all unnecessary lighting has been turned off and all windows have been closed and locked.  As each individual area is cleaned, turn on only those lights needed to perform work.  These lights should then be turned off when finished.  Corridor lighting should be kept to a minimum except during cleaning.  All unnecessary lights should be turned off at the end of each shift.

Maintenance Personnel

Be sure all unnecessary lighting and equipment in storage rooms, mechanical rooms, cafeterias, restrooms, kitchens and other similar spaces are turned off except when needed.  Maintenance personnel shall also perform preventive maintenance procedures, as instructed, to optimize the consumption of energy on all equipment installed throughout the district.

Clerical Personnel

Turn off all lighting and office equipment when not in use.  Copy machines are to be turned off and not put on “sleep.”

Food Service Employees

Turn off all food preparation and serving equipment when not in use.  Doors to walk-in and reach-in refrigeration equipment shall not be propped open or left ajar for any purpose.  Automatic sequencing controls for food preparation equipment shall not be by-passed.  Water/sewage consumption in all food service areas shall be closely monitored by the on-site supervisor.

It shall be the responsibility of the on-site supervisor to ensure Board directives are fully implemented.


  1.  Data loggers and other monitoring equipment will be used to monitor

    temperature, light levels and other indoor air quality conditions throughout

    the district’s buildings to ensure compliance with energy guidelines.

  1.  Exhaust fans shall be turned off during unoccupied hours except where

    necessary to control temperatures, humidity, smell or fumes in areas such

    as gyms, locker rooms, auditoriums, kiln rooms, science rooms and

    computer labs.

  1.  Office equipment (copies, typewriters, radios, laminators, etc.) shall be

    switched off each night and during unoccupied times.

  1.  All computer screens, local printers, LCD projectors and speakers shall be

    turned off each night.

  1.  Limit the use of personal appliances such as refrigerators and coffee

   makers to those provided in a common area.  Refrigerated vending

   machines that do not contain perishable products must be set to the energy

   saver mode during off-school hours.


  1.  Occupied temperature settings shall NOT be set below 74 degrees


  1.  During unoccupied times, the air conditioning equipment shall be off,

    except as may be necessary to adequately prepare a room for later use.  

   The unoccupied period begins when the students leave the area at the end

   of the school day.  It is anticipated that the temperature of the classroom

   will be maintained long enough to afford comfort for the period the teacher

   remains in the classroom after the students have left.

  1.  Air conditioning start times may be adjusted (depending on weather) to

   ensure classroom comfort when school begins.

  1.  Outside air dampers shall be closed during unoccupied times.

  1.  Ceiling fans should be operated only during occupied times.

  1.  Air conditioning should not be utilized in classrooms, empty offices, gyms,

               cafeterias, etc., during the summer months unless they are being used for

               summer school, being cleaned or being used for an approved outside user

               group.  However, air conditioning can be employed as needed to help

               prevent indoor air quality problems, damage to the building, or in the

               extreme heat where shelter of others may be required.


  1.  Occupied temperature settings shall not exceed 72 degrees F.

  1. During unoccupied times, the temperature setting shall be 58 degrees F.

               This may be adjusted during extreme weather.

  1. During the spring and fall, when there is no threat of freezing, all forced air

   heating systems should be switched off.

  1. All domestic hot water systems shall be set no higher than 120 degrees F or

   140 degrees F for cafeteria service.

  1. The use of portable heaters is a serious fire hazard and thus they are

   prohibited from use in any District building.  Concerns about heating

   levels, cold spots, drafts, etc., should be reported to the building Head

  Custodian for action.


  1.  All unnecessary lighting in unoccupied areas will be turned off during the

    work day.  Teachers shall make certain that lights are turned off when

     leaving the classroom unoccupied.

  1. Natural lighting shall be used where appropriate.  Shades shall be used to

   filter excessive sunlight/prevent excessive heating during the cooling


  1. All outside lighting shall be turned off during daylight hours.

  1. Gym and auditorium lighting shall not be on unless these areas are in use.

  1. All lights will be turned off when students and staff leave at the conclusion

               of the workday.  Light required for cleaning are permitted.

  1. Refrain from turning lights on unless definitely needed.


Space temperatures will be maintained with the following ranges.  The inability of mechanical systems to meet this requirement will be addressed by a high priority work order.

  1.  Heating Season (occupied)
  1. Classrooms                                          69 – 72 degrees F
  2. Offices                                                 69 – 72 degrees F
  3. Halls & Stairs                                      64 – 68 degrees F
  4. Auditoriums                                         68 – 72 degrees F
  5. Gymnasiums                                        64 – 68 degrees F
  6. Computer Networking Facilities         64 – 68 degrees F

  1. Heating Season (unoccupied)
  1.  All Spaces                                          60 degrees F

  1. Cooling Season
  1.  All Spaces                                          74 – 78 degrees F

                                                         (air conditioned spaces)

Energy management on his/her campus will be made part of the principal’s responsibility.

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