WE MUST move forward in a more positive manner for those folks who depend on OUR County, Marshall, Warrenton, The Plains, Bealeton, Catlett, Delaplane, Hume, Churches, Homes, and employment, etc. in Fauquier, Virginia-
WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER, NOT APART
FCPS4 #5of5 outlines 3 school board members doing the opposite for years, plus Executive staff at Hospital Hill FCPS4 #1of5
Before new projects needed in FCPS by 2023 should be approved, we need to understand more about local history, since 2006.
In 2007, BOS Member Center District Terry Nyhous recommended volunteers look at energy as a potential source of saving up to $4M in County Budgets.
Perfect timing as the Financial Crisis hit a year later (2008).
A 100-hour free research project (still available for review / comment) found that the $4M per year in Electric Utility Expenses was split 80% FCPS (20 school complexes) and 20% FCG (Fauquier County Gov. in 32 buildings). However, FCPS Facilities staff, after a 2-hour meeting, questioned the competance of the presenters. They felt threatened as it was obvious they were NOT concerned about rising energy costs to taxpayers.
FCG Director Tom Boyer understood the data. He approved 500 hours of detailed analysis in 5 separate 100-hour projects over 3 years at a cost of $12,500. RESULTS produced savings over 3 calendar years of $220K (+ve ROI). Dr. Lewis also understood the need for change.
3 key executives who resisted change and energy conservation have all since left FCPS.
ALL 52 complex occupants / HR received instructions on SAVING energy
Costs had been increasing annually for 5 years (2004-2008) peaking at $3.2M
Actual ENERGY cost saving details are available on our other web sites (4) hosted by SiteWhirks since 2004
FCPS went into defensive mode (part of their entrenched culture) but started to do their jobs by cutting utility costs to a low of $2.6M a few years ago (NO equipment changes). NO credit has ever been given for the extensive volunteer support helping staff except a letter of recommendation from Dr. Lewis, School Superintendent, for being an "Advocate for internal FCPS Change." There is nothing on FCPS1.org that highlights these good works in the public interest from 2008 to 2014 (teamwork ignored).
The recommendation to allow more online "work from elsewhere" was also ignored. Closing schools part-time would have saved $1M per year starting in 2008. SB Member Suzanne S. has her own company which specializes in students not being in school buildings. SB CONFLICT of interest?
Lobbying with Executive Staff, School Support Council, PTOs, (Science) Teachers, BOS and School Board (Sheryl W. was the lead supporter) etc. led to the approval of renewable energy and other eco-friendly features in the new wing at FHS in 2010 (built 2011-2013)
A volunteer EXPO in 2014 opened FHS for public tours (led by Honor Roll Students) to see the geothermal equipment, water saving features, open windows, natural lighting (skylights over library) etc. ALL of which reinvigorated FHS to now be more popular with students than KRHS or Liberty
Competition is HEALTHY. and has been a part of our (continuous) volunteer recommendations to FCPS for 10+ years
FHS new wing is one of the few good news stories of the FCPS CIP (Capital Improvement Process) despite cost overuns during construction (2011-13)
FCPS Energy Conservation History - Good and the very BAD
2007 - 2010
2011 - 2015
2016 - 2020
School Board finally realized that FCPS schools could benefit from serious Energy Conservation efforts. However, instead of asking for general RFPs so that innovation and new ideas could be sought by (local) entities, they focused on an integrated effort with funding over 15 years. ABM is billing FCPS $10-$12M for solutions using the "low hanging fruit" for energy related equipment changes in our public schools with NO renewable energy technology?
Savings of $900K were guaranteed in Phase 1 of their project before the end of this fiscal year (6/30/20).
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