Bill Orr: Fall Forward with CHPS

Bill Orr, CHPS Executive Director
November CHPS E-bulletin Column

The mnemonic aid for the semi-annual time change is "Spring Forward. Fall Back." This autumn, however, things at CHPS are breaking form and springing forward by leaps and bounds. Just in the last week I am pleased to announce, in addition to the release of the draft Virginia CHPS Criteria for public review, CHPS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the California Department of General Services to conduct coordinated reviews of CHPS Verified and Proposition 1D High Performance Incentive (HPI) grant reviews. Under the terms of the MOU, projects seeking CHPS Verified recognition and state HPI funding would continue to register with CHPS. CHPS will rely on the Division of the State Architect (DSA) to conduct the Design Review portion of the CHPS Verified process as the third party reviewer. CHPS will publish a reduced CHPS Verified fee schedule for the "HPI Special" before the revised HPI regulations go into effect by the end of the year.

The California Department of General Services has also proposed "BIG" increases - base incentive grants - so that high performance modernization projects would qualify for $250,000 per modernization project. New construction projects would earn an additional $150,000 per school site. With the improved coordination and additional funding levels, I am optimistic that more schools will pursue high performance incentive funding. Enough funds remain for about 200 high performance schools, mostly modernizations. I believe that by working in partnership with schools, design teams, and the State, we can make these schools a reality in California.

In addition, I am pleased to introduce you to CHPS new Development and Membership Manager, Kendra Noel Lewis, who started with CHPS on November 1. Kendra has been a professional development officer for fourteen years. She has a BA degree in History from Fresno State University and received a Certificate of Development from the University of San Francisco’s Nonprofit Management Program. She has worked the gamut of nonprofit organizations such as the Sacramento Urban League, American Heart Associate, Sacramento State University, Sacramento Theatre Company, private schools and several social services organizations. Kendra is a native of San Francisco that currently lives in the Sacramento area. I hope many of you will get a chance to meet Kendra in person and join me in welcoming her at the Green California Schools Summit in Pasadena this December.
November 11, 2010 (San Francisco, CA) CHPS' Executive Director looks ahead at big changes in Virginia and California for high performance schools. ~order=2010-11-11
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