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School Districts Can Take Steps to Reduce Facility Operating Costs Through Conservation, Productivity, Report No. 03-62, November 2003
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Best Financial Management Practices Reviews by School Districts

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.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Educational Facilities
Public Schools (K-12 Education)

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 11-02 Special Facility Construction Projects Appear Needed, but Have Excess Capacity,published in January 2011.
  • Report No. 09-05 Providing a Free Breakfast to All Public School Students Would Be Costly for Most School Districts, published in February 2009.
  • Report No. 09-04 School Districts’ Food Service Programs Generally Are Not Financially Self-Sufficient, published in January 2009.
  • Report No. 09-03 No Changes Are Necessary to the State’s Organization of School Nutrition Programs, published in January 2009.
  • Report No. 09-02 Best Practices Could Help School Districts Reduce Their Food Service Program Costs, published in January 2009.
  • Report No. 05-05 Progress Report: Lake County School District Has Implemented Best Practices and Is Eligible For State Seal, published in February 2005.
  • Report No. 05-04 Progress Report: Miami-Dade County School District Making Progress But Not Yet Eligible for the State’s Seal of Best Financial Management, published in February 2005.
  • Report No. 04-32 Information Brief: Some School Districts Can Take Steps to Reduce Their Food Service Costs and Ensure Self-Sufficiency, published in May 2004.
  • Report No. 04-26 Information Brief: With Effective Planning, Accountability, and Oversight, School Districts Can Successfully Outsource Services,  published in March 2004.
  • Report No. 04-10 Information Brief: School Districts Can Take Steps to Substantially Reduce Their Transportation Costs, published in February 2004.

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