Here are my takeaways from the meeting.
- Maintenance and Operations care for EXISTING schools, repairing minor things such as light bulbs to large projects, such as HVAC system.
- WCPSS has 25 million square feet of facilities (equivalent to 12,500 homes) to care for with a budget of about $100 million. To understand the number of maintenance employees per school, Mr. Clarke presented the information in comparison to number of homes.
- There is 1 Facility Maintence Tech for 174 homes.
- 1 HVAC Tech for 1250 homes
- 1 plumber for 2083 homes
- 1 electrician for 1250 homes
- School administrators (K-12) met with Maintenance and Operations to develop the priority list, ranking the urgency of items such as graffiti removal, temperature adjustments, water leaks, and so on.
- On an average day, about 1000 work orders are submitted and approximately 450 work orders are completed.
- During the early 2000s when WCPSS was experiencing explosive growth, some of the maintenance budget was used to build new schools. As a result, some repairs were delayed and we are still playing catch up.
- The Maintenance and Operations needs $25M over 5 years to improve response times.
- Challenges include recruiting and retaining qualified staff and skilled trade workers. The current vacancy rate is 25%. The salaries in the private sector can be three times as much as WCPSS can pay.
The next Board Advisory Council meeting for District 5 is Tuesday, Jan 28 at 9:30am at St Augustine’s College. If you are interested in attending or have questions about these notes, please contact our school representative Marie Dexter at email@example.com.