Facility Masters is pleased to announce that we have just launched a second, free listserv dedicated exclusively to sharing best practices for Event Scheduling, Community Facility Use, and Cost Recovery at educational organizations. Our peers frequently ask each other to share documents and resources they have developed as part of their facility use and cost recovery programs, so we have started a second listserv to meet this specific need.
The Facility Masters Event Scheduling Listserv promotes best practices and processes for managing educational facility use and provides a national network for educational facility and event scheduling operations leaders to ask questions, get answers and share best practices with their peers.
If you would like to participate in our free Event Scheduling Listserv, simply send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org to join. Once you confirm your membership, you will receive a welcome email with instructions on how to send and reply to messages on the Events Scheduling Listserv.
If you have any colleagues who might be interested in participating in the Event Scheduling Listserv, please forward them this information.
If you have any questions, please let me know. We look forward to sharing solutions and learning event scheduling best practices with all of you!
Construction projects are an important part of the ongoing upgrade and expansion of your educational facilities to better fulfill the mission of student education. But construction projects represent a significant investment of both time and money, so they should be monitored and managed carefully to ensure that the projects are completed on time and on schedule, as well as completed to your standards of quality.
One of our peers on the Listserv, Steve Wittig from Bob Jones University in South Carolina, shared these excellent and proven tips for managing construction projects to achieve both savings and excellent results: Read more…
The 2012 hurricane season starts on June 1. If you’re in an area that can be impacted by hurricanes, now is the time to make sure your educational organization is prepared for the impact of a major storm and has a plan in place to reduce potential damage and quickly focus on recovery efforts. Significant hurricanes in the past, most notably Katrina, have destroyed or severely damage educational facilities and forced closures and relocation of students. It’s important to be prepared for this type of situation, as well as to have a plan in place to protect your technology infrastructure and more.
Here are a few websites on hurricane planning that were shared on the Listserv by Bo Barksdale of Clinton Public School District, MS:
Mississippi Department of Education Katrina Recovery Information
Having the right type of glides or tips on the feet of chairs can have a significant impact on the condition of your floors, as well as the need for ongoing floor care and maintenance. Selecting a glide that adequately protects your floors can save you money and time by reducing unnecessary wear and damage.
Our peers on the listserv shared their recommendations regarding glides that provide the best floor protection, stay attached to the chairs and are simple to maintain. They also recommended some specific products and vendors that have worked well in their experience. Read more…
The second element is to identify the resources that you can utilize in order to prepare the most thorough analysis. Some of the resources to consider are:
Staff – your existing staff should be consulted for their ideas and insights. NCEF – The National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities is another excellent resource Planning Guide for Maintaining School Facilities – This guide is a great resource that identifies the best practices and processes in maintaining school facilities and can be found at http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2003/2003347.pdf Colleagues The various ASBO affiliates have vast amounts of information especially Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin
And certainly the Internet for all the wealth of information that is available on all topics
Proper roof maintenance is crucial to safeguarding your organization’s significant capital investment in its facilities, providing a safe indoor air environment, sustaining energy efficiency and protecting the contents of your buildings. Conducting regular maintenance, inspections and preventive maintenance is essential to getting the maximum performance and life from a roof.
The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council is now accepting applications to attend this summer’s School Sustainability Leaders Summit from June 27-29. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until April 30, 2012.
The Summit will be held at USGBC offices in DC and is designed for school district or school system staff who are the point-people for environmental sustainability within their organization. It is intentionally small in scale–around fifty attendees–allowing for very targeted learning and the opportunity to join and connect with a network of supportive professionals. Read more…