Southeast Region

The Southeast Region consists of the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia.

Region / Chapter Member Care Manager: Edi Francesconi
After careful deliberation the organizing committees of A4LE events have decided that it will be in the best interest of all delegates to postpone upcoming events through May. Our number one priority is to ensure the safety and security of our members and delegates. Given the rapid escalation of the COVID – 19 (“Coronavirus”) and subsequent declarations of emergencies and health crisis concerns from local, state, provincial and federal government officials, we felt the need to take this course of action.

At this time, A4LE staff and volunteers are negotiating to find alternative dates that are suitable for postponement of events. The planning committees have promised stellar events, and we do not want to lose that momentum. We will be seeking a remedy to this that will carry all of the hard work forward, taking all events to fruition at a later date. We will continue to update on the progress.

Region Webinar

Thursday, July 9, 2020
12 PM Eastern Time

Preparing for Reopening: Building Inspections, Indoor Air Quality, and HVAC Systems

The link for joining the webinar will be sent to the registrants on the day of the event.

Educational Environments As schools prepare to reopen regionally, school officials are faced with decisions on how to prepare given the current conditions. Hear from a team of professional engineers as they provide a top-down summary of the challenges, constraints, and current recommendations from national organizations such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

During a virtual panel discussion, Al Ciarochi and Julius Williams of Prince William County Schools will provide an overview and details of proposed system changes and the facts surrounding these changes such as implementation costs, restrictions, and lessons learned.

About the Panelists:
Al Ciarochi serves as an Associate Superintendent for Prince William County Public Schools, located in the Northern Virginia region, with over 91,000. He is responsible for New Construction, Land Acquisition, Planning, Maintenance, Pupil Transportation, and School Nutrition.

Julius Williams serves as Administrative Coordinator of Environmental Services with Prince William County Schools. He has more than 25 years of experience in environmental health and safety and facilities management in university/higher education, K-12, government, and commercial settings. Julius is a leader and key collaborator with division leadership and stakeholders such as maintenance staff, school administrators, risk management, community residents and local, State and Federal regulatory officials.

James Currie, PE, LEED AP BD+C serves as a Senior Mechanical Engineer for CMTA. He has dedicated his talents for 20 years in the design of HVAC, plumbing and fire protection systems facilities for critical facilities, research laboratories, universities, science + technology, K-12 education, cultural arts, municipal, convention centers and corporate organizations. James is an active leader and member of ASHRAE, ASME, ASPE, and USGBC.

Tony Hans, PE, LEED AP, RCDD serves as the National Director of Sustainable Projects for CMTA. He has been involved with over 4 million square foot of Zero Energy Projects, many of those being educational projects.

Zachary Schneider serves as a Lead Electrical Engineer for CMTA. Zac has over 15 years of professional experience working on educational projects. Utilizing his MEP and lighting expertise, Zac ensures electrical and energy-efficient designs are seamlessly and optimally executed by coordinating closely with owners and the design team to surpass project expectations and ensure sustainable design principles are incorporated.

Virginia Chapter Town Hall

Post COVID-19 Panel Discussions

12:00-12:30 pm – Lunch & Learn

Please join us for one or ALL of our conversations!

Everyone is busy trying to figure out how schools will operate in the fall. A4LE Virginia is providing some opportunities for educators, facility managers, and designers to discuss ideas and share together. Our hope is that this series of conversations will give school systems across the Commonwealth an opportunity to talk and discuss how different counties and cities are trying to address the impact of COVID-19 on opening schools.

June 17th Transportation
June 24th Hybrid Teaching / Learning
July 1st Nutrition Programs
July 8th School Climate / Culture
July 15th Student Feedback

Register to join one or all sessions. These meetings are FREE but you must register!

Information on panelists and links for joining the discussions will be sent to the registrants on the day of each event.



2020 Annual Chapter Conference

Marriott Spartanburg September 16-18, 2020
Creating Engaging Learning Spaces in the Hub City – Centering Around Learning
Spartanburg Marriott
Spartanburg, SC

Click here for more information to register for the conference.


2021 East Conference

2021 East Conference   March 18-20, 2021
Inside the Mind of the Learner
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

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2021 Annual Chapter Conference

Winds of Change April 25-27, 2021
Winds of Change
Asheville, NC

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SchoolsNEXT 2019

The SchoolsNEXT team from Neal Middle School, Durham, NC, led by their inspirational teacher Joanna Ali, secured First Place – Award of Excellence at the 2019 LearningSCAPES conference in Anaheim, CA. You are invited to view their extraordinary presentation.

The Multicultural Advanced Learning Academy (MALA): Narrative » | Presentation »

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October 3-6, 2019
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