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Lawton Chiles Middle School
400 N FL Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801
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Built in 1927, Lawton Chiles Middle Academy was originally Lakeland High School. The school is named after Florida's former Governor Lawton Chiles who graduated from this school in 1948. After new facilities were built for Lakeland High School, the building housed Lakeland Junior High School and then later Polk Opportunity Center before being converted to Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in 1992. Lawton Chiles Middle Academy now serves as a math, science, and technology magnet school servicing students in grades 6-8. 

The School Board of Polk County partnered with Energy Education to start an energy management program in July of 1992. The primary goal was to save money by saving energy. To achieve this goal at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy, twist timers were installed on each classroom air conditioning unit to enable teachers to control their environment while ensuring that when the classroom was not occupied the air conditioning was off. There were also time clocks installed to control the kitchen boiler, exhaust fans, water coolers, large area air conditioning units, and outside lighting so that were off when not needed. In 2002, the building was retrofitted with energy efficient upgrades such as T-8 lamps and fixtures, and low-flow toilets and urinals.

In 2008, the Polk County school district partnered with ENERGY STAR and entered energy data for the 2007-2008 school year. EPA's Portfolio Manager tool returned a baseline score of 72 for Lawton Chiles Middle Academy--above the national average, but still not high enough to earn the ENERGY STAR. By using more energy-efficient building design in the new construction projects and through more active participation by the staff and students in energy conservation, the school was able to raise their score to an 80 by December of 2008 and became eligible for the ENERGY STAR. During the 2008-2009 school year, Lawton Chiles Middle Academy achieved a cost avoidance of 26 percent. In 2009, a new classroom addition and music building were added.  Data compiled through EPA's Portfolio Manager help school officials ensure that these improvements maximize the use of their energy resources. 


-- Share monthly energy reports with the school community.
-- Publish articles in the local media and post them on the school Web site.
-- Provide resources and data to teachers and students for use in class projects.
-- Present at faculty and school board meetings.


"We are excited to earn the ENERGY STAR for Lawton Chiles Academy.  We will strive to continually improve energy efficiency by monthly monitoring, reporting, and comparisons to historical energy data to maintain the conservation of natural and monetary resources and eligibility for ENERGY STAR recognition." -- Caroline Weaver, Energy Manager, Polk County Schools

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Polk County School Board or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Building Owner:*
Polk County School Board

Property Manager:*
Energy Education Inc

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2008 (82)

Facility Type: K-12 School

Total Floorspace: 87798 sf

Year Constructed: 1926

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 3-Load Reductions
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant
   Other Technologies/Strategies