Each member of our 160+ staff plays a keys role in maintaining our facilities. We are all dedicated and committed to providing a safe, clean and well maintained environment for our staff and students.
The maintenance staff is comprised of 37 talented and highly experienced individuals, who maintain over 2.5 million square feet of building space. Each member serves in 1 of 11 different trade and craft-oriented areas.
- What to do if I see graffiti at my child’s school?
- Are helium balloons permitted in the schools?
- How do I report exterior lighting that is still turned on, during the day, when school is not in session?
- Is the public allowed to use district ladders or man lifts, to decorate the school(s) for an event(s), i.e. school dance?
The grounds crew are 13 highly dedicated team members who maintain 600+ acres of grounds, athletic fields, and playground equipment; and, are our first-responders during inclement weather. Our district is divided into 3 zones: North, Center and South.
- A tree/bush has fallen on my property, from district property. What do I do?
- Since the Grounds staff is already mowing the school, can they mow my yard adjacent to the property?
- How often do the grounds get fertilized?
- Are grounds technicians trained in applying pesticides?
- What pesticides are used on school grounds?
- Does Facilities have an inclement weather plan?
Here is a list of pesticides we use on our school grounds:
- Pro-Max Round Up (EPA Reg. # 524-529)
- Surflan A S (EPA Reg # 70506-43)
- Wasp Freeze (EPA Reg # 499-362)
- XL 2G (EPA Reg # 70506-45)
- Strike 3 (EPA Reg # 228-455)
- Casaron 4G (EPA Reg # 400-168)
- Level 7 (EPA Reg # 1381-05002)
- Ferrous Sulphate (EPA Reg # N/A)
Yes, we closely monitor the weather forecast. When inclement weather is predicted, we have all night crew custodians concentrate on health areas and trash only, and then go spread ice melt on all sidewalks around the perimeter of the school, including the bus loop. The following morning, all grounds, and maintenance begin their work day early. They start clearing snow according to the bell schedules: 1) High schools 2) Middle schools and finally the Elementary schools. Once completed each team returns to their first schools to verify they are still safe. In addition, the district has an open purchase order with a contractor to remove snow from parking lots, and we also have a portable de-icer, that can be transported in our district trucks. The safety of our students, staff and parents are a main priority.
The Highline custodial staff is 100+ hard-working and devoted members who are our eyes and ears at each site; making sure our students have a safe and sanitary environment to learn in.
- What kind of cleaners and disinfectants do the custodians use to clean the schools?
- Should I send hand sanitizer with my student to school?
We transitioned to all green rated cleaning supplies over 10 years ago. The only chemical we use that is not green rate is a disinfectant. Due to the amount of germs and the extent of disinfecting needed in a public school, we use one that will protect against a variety of illnesses. In addition, Clorox wipes are not permitted in any of our classrooms. Please do not buy or add them to your child(ren) school supplies.
Our warehouse team is a group of courteous and friendly employees, consisting of 4 drivers and 1 Warehouse Lead. They are responsible for the safe transport of our district’s Nutrition Services goods, courier/district mail, and requested supplies for events, manage the district surplus storage and act as central receiving for all locations, as needed.
Our conservation policy and procedures support resource conservation helps us save money, so funds can be redirected to students and classrooms. Resource conservation also provides opportunities for students to learn to be wise stewards of resources. Our energy conservation efforts from September 2015 through January 2018 have resulted in energy cost avoidance of over $575,000. We are working to gather water data and will provide cost avoidance figures once complete.
- What is the district currently doing in regards to Resource Conservation Management?
- Why is Resource Conservation Management important?
We are working to maximize energy efficiency and utility cost across all schools. In 2015, we partnered with a local consultant to provide support for the resource conservation management (RCM) program. The RCM program has been successful in identifying and implementing changes that are building on years of energy efficiency, water conservation and waste reduction efforts.
Our district, along with our RCM partner, has completed extensive studies and investigations of energy upgrades to improve the overall facilities efficiency and operations of our buildings. The solutions have resulted in lower utility use, and facility operational cost, as well as improved building systems performance, to ensure occupant comfort.