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School Districts Can Take Steps to Reduce Facility Operating Costs Through Conservation, Productivity

Report 03-62, November 2003

Report Summary

In recent years, Florida school districts have faced growing costs to operate schools and other facilities, due in part to rising costs of energy and employee wages and benefits. Some districts are taking steps to contain energy usage and increase employee productivity that could be adopted by other districts. Some of the more successful strategies include

  • developing energy management programs that include partnerships with energy providers, contracting with energy management companies, and creating school-based energy incentive programs;
  • updating staffing formulas to better determine the number of employees needed to maintain facilities; and
  • developing standards to assess and improve maintenance and custodial employee productivity.

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