29th Annual Conference on Education

July 21, 2014

The 29th Annual Conference on Education will be held on July 22, 2014 in the Grand Ballroom of the Richmond Marriott. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from over forty mini-workshops highlighting successful practices in Virginia's school divisions. Topics will range from curriculum to school law, and technology to school safety.

One of Damuth Trane’s Account Executive’s, David Peffley, will be speaking at the Education Conference about solving the safety concern in Virginia’s public schools through access control systems. Accessibility to school property must be managed so only authorized personnel and visitors are allowed to enter the buildings. Access control systems are programmed to allow access for personnel during specified times. Any attempt to enter by an unauthorized user would alert the system manager. Access control provides the ability for school lock-down in the event of emergency. Video cameras are strategically placed to monitor entry and departure activity at each door and movement within the building would minimize the risk of harm to the building’s occupants.

Finding a method to pay for essential facility improvements while budgets are being reduced continues to be a challenge for all Virginia’s public school systems. There is a State-approved funding mechanism and process in place that can be used to off-set the cost of facility improvement projects. This funding can be used for safety infrastructure. Local governments, including public school systems, can reduce operational costs through performance contracting. Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) enables local governments to use future energy savings to pay for the up-front costs for facility upgrades, eliminating the need to use capital budgets. The savings reduce annual energy and water costs; eliminate costly ongoing maintenance items and reduce the need for future capital expenditures. The savings are guaranteed to reduce risk and there is no up-front funding. If you would like more information, give us a call today at 757-558-0200.vsba-logo-upd