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Philip Melillo

Philip Melillo

Mike Bayer

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energy saving graphicEnergy Management Program details:

Hampton City Schools has teamed up with Cenergistic to develop a behavior-based energy management program to help ensure responsible and efficient use of division resources and reduce HCS’s environmental impact.

Cenergistic is a technology-powered, data-driven energy conservation company. Cenergistic helps organizations reduce consumption of electricity, natural gas, fuel oil and water. Their proven approach is built on a proprietary methodology, which optimizes clients’ infrastructure, improves internal processes and changes behavior to ensure that savings endure.

Cenergistic has earned the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency in 2011, 2012, and 2013 and was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for 2009 and 2010. In 26 years, the company has worked with more than 1,250 educational, large church and health care organizations helping clients save over $3 billion in utility costs

Hampton City Schools’ energy management program is more than just a short term “go green” project, it is a comprehensive, sustainable plan designed address behavioral, mechanical and logistical use of our facilities in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint and be good stewards of taxpayer funds.


HCS energy management program will sustain safe, comfortable school environments conducive to learning while ensuring efficient use of facilities and resources and reducing the division’s environmental impact.  

Energy Specialists

Philip Melillo- Worked for HCS for 13 years as a teacher, athletic director and now an Energy Specialist. Has a B.S. from Kent State University and M.Ed. from the University of Virginia. Has certifications in Siemens APOGEE Workstations, City Multi VRF field service, and is a Certified Energy Manager. 

Mike Bayer- Worked for HCS for the past 13 years as an Electronics Technician and an Energy Specialist. Prior to working for HCS Mike worked as a government contractor installing communications infrastructure. Mike has certifications from City Multi VRF field service and Siemens APOGEE Work stations. 

Energy Specialists Responsibilities:

  • Work with school staff to ensure efficient use facilities
  • Audit buildings to ensure proper functioning of mechanical equipment and track building usage patterns
  • Track and analyze energy consumption for every building
  • Monitor billing cycles from utility providers
  • Monitor building conditions ensure quality learning environments
  • Generate reports on energy usage and utility budget impact
Energy Conservation Spotlight (savings to date) 
Elementary School- Bryan 37.6%
Middle School- Andrews 26.1%
High School- Hampton High 25.5%

graphic of a chalk boardSchool Board Policy:

Book- Hampton City Schools Policy Manual
Section F - Facilities Development
Number- FECBA
Status- Active
Code of Virginia, as amended, § 22.1-70
Code of Virginia, as amended, § 22.1-78
Adopted- August 15, 2012

The School Board acknowledges that all reasonable measures should be taken to conserve energy.  The Board directs the administration, supported by the school staff, to implement cost effective operating procedures to reduce energy consumption in school facilities.  The administration and staff will continually assess the consumption of energy and make recommendations for improved energy conservation.
District guidelines including tips, myths and shutdown checklists (pdf)

Energy Conservation and Building Management Guidelines

Every employee is expected to become an “energy saver” as well as an “energy consumer.”
The Division is committed to and responsible for a safe and healthy environment.
Staff is responsible for implementing the guidelines during the times they are present in Division occupied facilities.
The custodial staff is responsible for control of common areas, i.e. hallways, dining areas, etc.
Lead custodial staff is responsible for verification of the nighttime shutdown.
The Energy Specialists’ provide regular (at least quarterly) program update reports to the Division Leadership Team.
The Energy Specialist performs routine audits of all facilities and communicates the audit results to the appropriate personnel (Deputy Superintendent for Operations & Support, Executive Directors and building Principals).
The Energy Specialist is responsible for either directly or indirectly making adjustments to the Organization’s Energy Management System (EMS), including temperature settings and run times for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and other controlled equipment within the established guidelines.
The Energy Specialist provides monthly energy savings reports to facilities management detailing performance results.
The Division will communicate the importance and impact of the energy conservation program to its internal and external constituents.
To complement the Division's behavioral-based energy conservation program, the Division Leadership Team shall oversee a preventive maintenance and monitoring plan for its facilities and systems, including HVAC, building envelope, and moisture control.

All employees shall ensure doors between conditioned space and non-conditioned space remain closed at all times (i.e. between hallways and gym).
Proper and thorough utilization of data loggers will be initiated and maintained by the energy specialist’s to monitor relative humidity, temperature, and light levels throughout campus buildings to ensure compliance with guidelines.
Exhaust fans shall be turned off daily in areas that do not require their constant operation.
All office machines (copy machines, laminating equipment, etc.) shall be switched off each night and during unoccupied times. Fax machines and networked printers may remain on.
All office computers should be turned off each night. This includes the monitor, local printer, and speakers. Network (i.e. LAN) equipment is excluded.
All capable PC’s should be programmed for the “energy saver” mode using the power management feature. If network constraints restrict this for the PC, ensure the monitor “sleeps” after one hour of inactivity. 

Text Box: Cooling Season Occupied Set Points1:	 74°F - 78°F Unoccupied Set Point:    85°F Heating Season Occupied Set Points1:         68°F - 72°F Unoccupied Set Point:    55°F  
 1 Set points are in accordance with ASHRAE 55 “Thermal Conditions for Human Occupancy”

Air Conditioning Equipment:

Occupied temperature settings shall notbe set below 74°F.
During unoccupied times, the air conditioning equipment shall be off or setback to 85°F.
Air conditioning start times will be adjusted (depending on weather) to ensure room comfort when occupancy begins.
All outside air dampers are closed during unoccupied times.
Ceiling fans shall be operated in all areas where present.
Relative humidity levels shall not exceed 60% for any 24 hour period.
Where cross-ventilation is available during periods of mild weather, shut down HVAC equipment and adjust the temperature with windows and doors. Cross-ventilation is defined as having windows and/or doors to the outside on each side of a room.
Ensure dry food storage areas are maintained within code requirements.  Typically, this is 55F – 75F temperature and 35% - 60% relative humidity.  Utilize loggers to verify.

Heating Equipment:

Occupied temperature settings shall NOT be set above 72°F.
The unoccupied temperature setting shall be 55°F (i.e. setback). This may be adjusted to a 60°F setting during extreme weather.
During the spring and fall when there is no threat of freezing, all steam and forced air heating systems should be switched off during unoccupied times. Hot water heating systems should be switched off using the appropriate loop pumps.
Ensure all domestic hot water systems are set no higher than 120°F or 140°F for cafeteria service (with dishwasher booster).
Ensure all domestic hot water re-circulating pumps are switched off during unoccupied times.
For heat pumps, ensure a 6 °F dead-band between heating and cooling modes.


All unnecessary lighting in unoccupied areas will be turned off. Staff should make certain that lights are turned off when leaving offices. Utilize natural lighting where appropriate.
All outside lighting shall be off during daylight hours.
Gymnasium lights should not be left on unless the gymnasium is being utilized.
Refrain from turning lights on unless definitely needed. Remember that lights not only consume electricity, but also give off heat that places an additional load on the air conditioning equipment and thereby increases the use of electricity necessary to cool the room.


Ensure all plumbing and/or intrusion (i.e. roof) leaks are reported and repaired immediately.
Grounds watering should only be done between 4am-10am. Do not water during the heat of the day, typically between 10am – 8pm.
When spray irrigating, ensure the water does not directly hit the facility.
Consider installing water sub-meters on irrigation and cooling tower supply lines to eliminate sewer charges.
The Division shall adopt, observe and implement these guidelines as provided. However, these guidelines are not intended to be all-inclusive, and they may be modified as necessary. These guidelines supersede all previous instructions related to energy conservation or facility management.

End of Day and Weekend Shutdown Checklists...

graphic of energy savingBest Practices:

  • Keep classroom doors closed when HVAC is in use
  • Turn off lights when you leave a room
  • Turn off computers, Promethean Boards, printers, TV
    and radios at the end of each day
  • Close window blinds and angle them up when leaving for the day
  • Unplug all personal appliances over 3-day weekends and extended breaks
  • Set local-controlled thermostats back at the end of each day to 85* in summer and 55* in winter

District guidelines including tips, myths and shutdown checklists (pdf)

quick tips for energy conservation graphic

energy saving suggestions

Energy Myths

energy myths graphic

graphic of a lightbulbLinks:

U.S Department of Energy-
Energy Star-
Energy Star Kids-
Energy Hog-
EPA Climate Change for Kids-
Saving Electricity-

Lesson Plans:

U.S Department of Energy Lesson Plans-
Energy and Science Lesson Plans-
Alliance for Climate Education-

Greenquest- a personal web-based energy dashboard that enables you to track energy use for your home or business


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As stated in School Board Policy AC and GBA, Hampton City Schools (“HCS”) does not discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability, ancestry, marital status, pregnancy, child birth or related medical conditions, status as a veteran, genetic information, or other characteristic protected by law in its programs, activities and employment practices and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  

HCS also prohibits retaliation under School Board Policy GBAB for the purpose of interfering with a person’s rights and/or privileges under federal civil rights laws, which can include: (i) raising concerns with Division personnel about a civil rights violation; (ii) asserting a right or advocating for the rights of a student or employee under federal civil rights laws; or (iii) participating in a complaint investigation or related proceedings. 

All individuals are encouraged to promptly report any incident they believe to be discrimination, harassment or retaliation in violation of HCS School Board Policy.  All reports should be made to the HCS Compliance Officer, who also serves as the HCS Executive Director of Human Resources and Title IX/ADA Coordinator.  Upon receiving a report of alleged discrimination, harassment or retaliation, the Compliance Officer shall promptly authorize an investigation into the complaint, determine whether the alleged act occurred, and determine whether any action must be taken to end or prevent further harassment, discrimination, or retaliation.  For more information about this process, please review the Formal Resolution Process and/or Informal Resolution Process.    

Should you have any questions about these procedures or the contents of this notice, please contact:

Executive Director of Human Resources
Title IX and ADA Coordinator
Department of Human Resources
One Franklin Street
Hampton, VA 23669
(757) 727-2300



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Please note that some pages on the HCS website contain links to third-party sites.  HCS is not responsible for the content, facts, opinions or accessibility of third-party sites.


The majority of pages in our site are available in HTML format that can be deciphered by screen readers. Some documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF), which require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.

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Also, many popular browsers contain built-in accessibility tools, and there are other plug-ins that make websites more accessible.

The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility.   The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.
Web visitors using assistive technology who may have trouble accessing information on the website may contact the HCS Webmaster,, the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, and/or the Director of Graphics,

When submitting a question or concern via email, “accessibility” should be included in the subject line.  Every reasonable attempt will be made to address the user’s concern within twenty-four hours.  To assist HCS in responding appropriately, all inquiries should include the following information:

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HCS monitors all technology resource activity and requires all employees, students and individuals with access to HCS computer systems and networks to annually read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy.  See School Board Policy IIBEA for Students; School Board Policy GBBB for Employees.

Our continuing goal is for the HCS website to be accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and that statute's implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and that statute's implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35.

Good faith efforts are being made to ensure that our website complies with web accessibility standards. In addition to the federal regulations above, we are actively working to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
Prior to posting new website content, the HCS Webmaster determines if the proposed content meets the criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  Periodically the HCS Webmaster checks the website with a recognized website checker such as 508 Checker and WAVE.  If the audit identifies issues of concern or content errors that impede accessibility to any user, the concerns/errors are evaluated and remedied within a six-week period.


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