Jeffrey K. Platenberg

“If we can save money [on utilities], we can afford more teachers, and if we can afford more teachers, that’s what we’re here for, teaching and learning.”
— Stephen Voss for Education Week
— Stephen Voss for Education Week
Focus of Strength:Smart Growth
Position:Former Assistant Superintendent of Support Services
District:Loudoun County Schools, Va.

For Jeffrey K. Platenberg, every part of a school should support learning, from the science curriculum to the heating system.

As the assistant superintendent for support services of the Loudoun County, Va., school district, Platenberg worked to find transportation and energy efficiencies to protect the district’s instructional support during a time of tight state education budgets and a rapidly expanding student population. Loudoun County, an outer suburb of Washington, has seen its school enrollment grow from 40,250 students in 2003-04 to 68,289 in the current school year.

“It’s amazing we’ve increased our square footage and decreased our energy consumption; we’re actually saving more money while we’re expanding,” says Platenberg, 51, who, for his work in Loudoun County, was given the 2012 International Eagle Award by the Association of School Business Officials International.

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