Reducing the Impact of Chapter 49 on Your District’s Facilities Planning/Improvements

Round Rock, TX — The 2024 Texas Rural Education Association (TREA) Annual Conference promises to be informative and engaging. Over 50 excellent presentations will be presented, including one by Devin Castleton, Director of Business Development with Centrix Energy Partners.

Castleton’s presentation will be on Wednesday, June 26th, 2024, 9:40 AM at the Kalahari Resort in Round Rock, TX. It will focus on “How to Recapture Some of the Recapture Funds,” which delves into reducing the impact of Chapter 49 on your district’s facilities planning & improvements.|

Below are highlights of Devin’s upcoming presentation, explaining how adopting strategic budgeting and resource allocation approaches can benefit Texas public  schools.

1. Budget Flexibility:

Transferring maintenance and operations costs to Instruction and Support (I&S) budgets offers Texas public schools greater flexibility in allocating funds. This shift allows schools to prioritize resources towards areas of highest need, such as deferred maintenance. By strategically reallocating funds, districts can ensure that critical facility improvements are addressed promptly, enhancing the overall learning environment for students.

2. Enhanced Resource Allocation:

Shifting maintenance and operations costs to I&S budgets streamlines financial allocations within schools. This streamlined approach ensures that resources are efficiently distributed to areas directly impacting student learning experiences. With a more targeted allocation, districts can invest in facility improvements, equipment upgrades, and other initiatives that benefit students and enhance educational outcomes.

3. Focus on Educational Priorities:

By absorbing maintenance and operations costs into I&S budgets, schools can shift their focus to enhancing educational quality and outcomes. With fewer financial constraints related to facility maintenance, districts can invest in curriculum development, technology integration, and student academic support programs. This shift in focus allows schools to prioritize initiatives that directly impact student success and contribute to a well-rounded education.

4. Cost Transparency:

Consolidating maintenance and operations expenses within the I&S budget category provides greater clarity and transparency in financial reporting. This consolidation facilitates better tracking and managing expenditures related to educational activities versus facility maintenance. With improved cost transparency, districts can make informed decisions about resource allocation and ensure that funds are utilized effectively to support student learning and facility improvements.

5. Strategic Planning:

Integrating maintenance and operations costs into I&S budgets empowers Texas public schools to take a more strategic approach to budget planning. By aligning financial resources with educational goals and long-term sustainability, districts can foster an environment conducive to student success. Strategic planning allows districts to prioritize facility improvements, ensure the availability of necessary resources, and create a sustainable financial roadmap for future growth and development.

Devin Castleton’s presentation at the Kalahari Resort in Round Rock, TX, will be on “How to Recapture Some of the Recapture Funds” on Wednesday, 9:40 AM June 26th, 2024, discussing reducing the impact of chapter 49 on school district’s facilities planning & improvements which will provide valuable insights for Texas public schools.

By embracing budget flexibility, enhancing resource allocation, focusing on educational priorities, ensuring cost transparency, and adopting strategic planning, districts can effectively reduce the impact of Chapter 49 on their facilities planning and improvements. These strategies will enable schools to create optimal learning environments for students, enhance educational outcomes, and pave the way for long-term success.

For more information about Centrix Energy Partners, its upcoming TREA presentation, and its energy solutions for educational institutions, please visit


Centrix Energy Partners is a national, privately held network of energy efficiency experts that designs, develops, finances, and implements customized energy efficiency upgrades for its clients.

We accomplish this through our best-in-class network of implementation companies that provide unparalleled customer service to the communities that we serve.  Our regional partners are local self-starters committed to helping”

their customers succeed and are supported logistically and financially by the parent company, Centrix Energy Partners