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Mr. Joe Mike Akard

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Board Member

Phone: (423) ***-****  
Tennessee School Plant Management Association
112 Bridge Street
Franklin , Tennessee 37064
United States

Company Description: The Tennessee School Plant Management Association is an association of school facility planners, maintenance and operations supervisors, and other persons who have...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Active Member
    Blountville Rotarian Club


  • Blountville High School
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Joe Mike Akard Executive ..., 18 Mar 2015 [cached]
Joe Mike Akard Executive Director
Tennessee School Plant Management Association ::, 6 Feb 2015 [cached]
Send in your conference registration to Joe Mike Akard, Executive Director of TSPMA.
Joe Mike Akard - House District 3, 29 Sept 2005 [cached]
Joe Mike AkardHouse District 3
>> Meet the Candidate
Joe Mike Akard will take the values issues of Johnson and Sullivan Counties to Nashville as the next representative for the Johnson and Sullivan Counties to the Tennessee House.
Akard, 58, will take the principles of fiscal responsibility, more and better jobs, strong schools and common-sense TennCare reform to Nashville to work with Governor Phil Bredesen to ensure a stronger today and more successful future for Johnson and Sullivan Counties.
As a county commissioner, Akard spent 11 years serving the people of Sullivan County before becoming the Sullivan County purchasing agent, a position he held for 13 years.
As the next state house member representing District 3, Akard's instrumental work with the Sullivan County budget will provide him with the skills needed to balance Tennessee's budget with no new taxes.
A graduate of Blountville High School, Akard later studied at East Tennessee State University and earned a four-year electrical apprenticeship at Tennessee Eastern Companty.Currently, he is the maintenance director for the Sullivan County Department of Education.
Akard and his wife have four children and two grandchildren.They reside in Blountville, Tennessee.
He is an active member of the Blountville Rotarian Club and the Whiteside Masonic Lodge.
Kilowatt Ours :: Interviews :: Joe Mike Akard, 20 May 2014 [cached]
Joe Mike Akard Kilowatt Ours :: Interviews :: Joe Mike Akard
Kilowatt Ours Interviews
Joe Mike Akard - Sullivan County Department of Education
Joe Mike Akard
Envirolink: Softening the School Footprint, 27 Aug 2008 [cached]
"In 2000 and 2001, we were paying $2.1 million in electric bills each year," says Joe Mike Akard, maintenance supervisor for Sullivan County Department of Education. "Even though we've seen a 30 percent increase in utility costs since then, because of the energy upgrades our actual bill this year was $1.4 million, that's a savings of a million and a half a year."
Besides the yearly payback savings Sullivan County Schools now appreciates as a result of the upgrades in equipment and building materials, the school system has also adopted a comprehensive energy policy for furthering conservation efforts and savings. "We have 6,000 computers system-wide, cutting off the computers when they aren't being used saves us $70,000 a year," Akard says.
Energy Systems Group publishes a comprehensive report every three months to inform Sullivan County Schools of the energy savings and if, for some reason, the projected savings is not met because of equipment malfunction or some other problem, Energy Systems Group has to make up the difference, Akard says.
While Sullivan County Schools has experienced tremendous rewards for the efforts to increase energy efficiency, there have been a few drawbacks and learning moments. Akard says he likes to inform others who are interested in making similar changes of the lessons Sullivan County has learned so they won't make the same mistakes.
During the course of the upgrades, the attic space in one of the schools was over-insulated causing a water line to freeze. Because of over-insulating condensation would collect during cold weather and the moisture turned into black mold. When black mold arrived on the scene, the Sullivan County Department of Education decided to move the students to the Bristol Race Track until the mold could be cleaned up. The students spent three months studying in the skyboxes at the racetrack. After the experience with black mold, Sullivan County Schools started mold testing for their schools and any school that needs mold testing, Akard says.
Another challenge for Sullivan County Schools is upgrading its old coal-burning boilers with the most economic option possible. "Twelve years ago, we had 13 schools that burned coal," Akard says. "Now we only have two. Sullivan County Schools has exchanged its coal-burning boilers for electric, gas or oil systems, but with constantly changing fuel costs, the new systems require some careful planning. "With the oil systems we can go through 500 gallons a day and it's very expensive," Akard says.
"We've saved millions," Akard says.
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