The Building and Grounds Department at Goshen Central School District is responsible for the management and maintenance of district buildings and all fields and building grounds. The Buildings and Grounds Department strives to:
- Maintain a safe and healthy environment for students, staff and the community
- Enhance and improve district facilities
- Utilize a comprehensive preventative maintenance program to address daily building and grounds maintenance and long term facility issues
- Support repairs on electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and mechanical systems district-wide
- Follow district energy policies and guidelines
- Streamline productivity and ensure cost-effectiveness
Keeping costs low
The Buildings and Grounds Department handles most of its business in-house, versus outsourcing and paying for services. In inclement weather, department employees shovel, plow, sand, and salt walkways, roofs, and sidewalks. They also maintain and repair district vehicles such as trucks, plows, and mowers.
The district’s heating system – composed of 12 boilers – is also cleaned and repaired by school personnel in order to keep costs down. The boilers switch from natural gas to oil with the flick of a switch. If the cost of one resource goes up, the district can utilize the other.
Most of the district’s heating is managed on computer software. Trained employees can locate any heating problems in the schools, and the district doesn’t have to hire an outside company to manage the software.
The department also tightens spending by renting major equipment, such as bulldozers. Instead of paying an enormous amount for equipment that isn’t regularly used, it is rented when needed. Employees are trained to operate the equipment as well.
Besides maintaining the district’s 88 acres of athletic fields and custom-building bookcases and work spaces for classrooms, Buildings and Grounds staff are also responsible for keeping Goshen Central Schools spick and span. In fact, the district’s budget toward vandalism, such as graffiti and trash, is only $2,500.