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FEATURE ARTICLE

Safe, clean, functional, and beyond PD offered for facilities professionals By Ken Roiland

W

hat do school district facility

approximately 20 years. Started

de sig nat ion may have t a ken a

professionals do?

by a group of school district facil-

seminar on fertilization; anoth-

In the broadest of answers:

ity leaders to provide guidance

er person may have t a ken one

facility professionals provide safe,

on school district facility opera-

on tree and shrub care. Both are

clean, and functional learning envi-

tions, it was primarily supported

grounds-related, but they are com-

ronments for students and staff.

by half- or full-day professional

pletely different types of training.

However, they do more than that.

development opportunities provid-

The consistency was missing.

They also protect the largest mate-

ed by Illinois ASBO’s profession-

Fast forward about 15 years.

rial asset a school district owns. To

al development committees. The

New leaders emerged and the new

properly care for the multi-million

goal was for facility professionals

dollar investments of the community,

to complete at least 67 points of

it is essential that the individuals

program requirements focusing

entrusted with their care be properly

on facility operations. The points

trained in maintenance operations,

were awarded as three points for

required inspections, and school

half-day seminar and six points

district accounting principles. To

for a full day.

School Business Officials (Illinois

oped the designation program laid

ASBO) has developed a new Facility

an excellent foundation for the

Operations Program, described as

next stage of professional develop-

“setting the industry standard for

ment, the new Facility Operations

Illinois school facilities.”

Program.

The designation program sets

If there was already a designa-

a new, consistent st andard for

tion program provided for facility

the development of high-quality

operators, why develop a completely

school facilities professionals. The

new one? Why not just modify what

knowledge base lays the ground-

already exists?

work of what facility professionals

The challenge with the

need to know to succeed in their

existing designation program is

chosen field.

with consistency of content. For

Il linois A SBO has present-

example, an individual working

e d a d e s i g n a t ion pr o g r a m for

on a “g rou nd s” p or t ion of t he

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S OFFICIA L ES N

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The individuals who devel-

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that end, the Illinois Association of

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Ken Roiland is director of buildings and grounds for Woodstock Community Unit School District 200.

Facilities Operations

Custodial Operations

Maintenance Operations

Grounds Operations

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The Illinois School Board Journal, January/February 2017  

A bimonthly magazine for public school board members and administrators highlighting issues in education.

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