Our Partners Good Work
Through the good work of our partners, Efficiency Vermont and the School Energy Management Program, schools can gain valuable information and rebates to help reduce energy consumption and costs.
Nominations for Vermont School Custodian of the Year - 2012
Nominations for this year have closed. Questions may be directed to Lyall Smith, President, Vermont School Custodians and Maintenance Assoc. (VSCMA) at (802) 316-1275.
Tips for Saving Energy PDF
Facts About GREEN Vermont Public Schools PDF
The fact sheet lists the many ways Vermont public school districts are “greening” their facilities and reducing their dependence upon fossil fuels.
Options for Financing Energy Conservation Projects PDF
With the current emphasis on cost savings in school district budgets and the ongoing interest in energy conservation, it is an appropriate time to remind districts of two potential methods for funding energy and operating systems improvements. Please review this guidance from School Finance. Contact: Cathy Hilgendorf at (802) 828-5402 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Energy Project Authorization PDF
Effective July 1, 2011 school boards will have an additional avenue for securing voter authorization to borrow for energy-saving school facility improvement projects.
School Construction Planning Guide
The purpose of this guide
is to provide general guidance in planning for school construction projects and securing
necessary state approvals. The contents are relevant to the construction of a new
school, school addition, or alterations to an existing school that increases its
program or enrollment capacity, or ensures that it remains a safe and healthy place
for students, faculty and community members. The contents may only be partially applicable
for school construction related to other purposes. NOTE: A significant update was made to the "Capital Outlay Financing Formula" section of the guide and it should be downloaded and replaced in your print version of the manual. Minor typographical or grammatical changes have been made to all the other sections/appendices but download and replacement is optional.
NOTE: For guidelines and standards for technical centers ONLY, use the document below:
Construction Planning Guide and Standards (Technical Education Centers ONLY) PDF
This guide is designed to help school boards, administrators and governing boards through the process of planning and pursuing a technical education construction project. It is to be used in conjunction with applicable construction standards governing technical center construction and State Board of Education Rules for Capital Construction. It is not intended to be used in isolation or to supersede any other agency rules for school construction. Specific rules of state agencies that apply to school construction are beyond the scope of this document.
High Performance School Design and Construction Standards PDF
School districts interested in “green” construction and operating standards for school buildings may find useful information in this January 15, 2007 report (as charged by Act 147, sec. 47 of 2006).
Vermont State Board of Education Manual of Rules and Practices (Rule Series 6000: School Buildings and Sites)
NOTE: This rule series has been updated to include the new rules required by 23 V.S.A. §1282(f) for School Bus Idling. The bus idling rules are 6001-6005 and are effective as of May 1, 2008.