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CPS Solar Partnership - Chesapeake Public Schools unveiled the largest rooftop solar energy system in Virginia at Western Branch High at a ribbon cutting ceremony in April 2016. Mr. Robert Blue, Senior Vice President-Law, Regulation and Policy and President Dominion Virgnia Power was present for this event. This project is part of Dominion's Solar Partnership Program. To learn more about this program follow the links below.



Chesapeake Public Schools Energy Team

Dr. John Bailey and President of Dominion Virginia Power


Members of CPS Energy Team Pictured-from left to right: Robert Scott-Supervisor of School Plants, John Karatsikis-Sustainability and Conservation Technician, Casey Brooks-Environmental Specialist, Joy Norfleet-Energy Program Secretary, and Dr. John Bailey-Director of School Plants pictured above with Mike Gurganus, Dominion Virginia Power Representative.

Dominion Solar Partnership Program

Western Branch Solar Dedication

Dr. John A. Bailey

Ron R. Herrera

Casey L. Brooks
Robert K. Scott



The Department of School Plants is responsible for maintaining 47schools and 8 support buildings for a total of over six million square feet of building space.  Our goal is to maintain the highest standards possible in schools to assure our students and staff have the best environment to learn and work in.

The Department of School Plants seeks to employ and retain highly qualified tradesmen. Departments include Plumbing, HVAC, Grounds, Carpentry, Electrical, Paint, Direct Digital Control, Fire Alarm, and Pest Control. Within our Trades we employ master mechanics and journeyman. Through our work order system we are able to track and manage our maintenance requests in order to assure we are accommodating the needs of our schools by providing quality work in a timely manner.



In addition to hiring technicians/mechanics with journeyman and master certification in their fields, there are also tradesmen with specialized certifications in Pesticide and Herbicide Management and Certified Locksmiths. Our Environmental Specialist oversees federal and state regulations as they relate to environmental matters.


Photograph Courtesy of Dominion Virginia Power

The Energy Program supports energy conservation efforts through education and researches energy conservation products and programs. We also place a strong emphasis on energy management and strive to be good energy stewards. 

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Dr. John A. Bailey
Director Of School Plants

Department of School Plants    1021 Great Bridge Blvd., Chesapeake, VA 23320
Phone: 757.547.0139        Fax: 757.547-2091

The Chesapeake Public School System is an equal educational opportunity school system.  The School Board of the
City of Chesapeake also adheres to the principles of equal opportunity in employment on the basis of race, sex, national origin, color, religion, age, or disability.

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