A comprehensive look at the most relevant issues to successfully manage your school's physical plant in the 21st Century. Developed in partnership by the National Business Officers Association, SchoolDude and Building Solutions, the program offers insight and answers gathered from the collective expertise of business officers, facilities managers and business partners working at independent schools from coast to coast.
The course—offered as a half-day or full-day programming in conjunction with regional meetings—will cover nuts and bolts, as well as open discussions tapping the expertise of participants. It is ideal for business officers, facilities managers or both individuals from the same school.
To register, please contact the state or regional association directly.
The Independent School Facilities Management Toolkit
An introduction to NBOA's "facilities toolkit," including elements such as hiring a new director, staffing your department, understanding your physical plant building by building, life-safety issues, and outsourcing options. Discover how to manage all of the critical functions of maintaining an optimal campus, while dealing with "distractions" such as transportation challenges, traffic duty, custodial requirements, fire drills, and more.
Taking Facilities from Good to Great: A Culture of Excellence in Facilities Management
Most of us believe we have a good facilities operation. But how do we measure good…or great? Have we looked at our processes and ensured they are as efficient as possible? As budgets continue to tighten and we are expected to do more with less, we must constantly assess how we operate and look to improve. Learn how to:
- Identify and implement action items related to improving facility operations processes
- Monitor your progress on those actions items over time to provide accountability
- Create a culture of excellence in the Facilities and institute best practices to help you achieve your goals.
The Good Hire for the Maintenance Department
It's not only the maintenance director and an 'org chart' – it's about leadership, culture, skills, and teamwork. How do we define job responsibilities, use good HR practices, determine employed vs. shared services, consider succession of leadership, offer training and development, and find the servant-leader that fits the school culture?
Ask the Experts: A Beautiful Marriage
A panel covering best practices from the perspective of the business officer and facilities officer which will cover:
- Their respective roles and responsibilities
- How to develop and build a mutually beneficial relationship; and
- How these two individuals work as partners for the success of your school.
Why Deferred Maintenance Costs What it Does
Learn how using facility assessment tools and historical records you can demonstrate the real cost of deferred maintenance to those controlling financial decisions. Build a persuasive case for the allocation of resources towards facilities. Become a more effective voice of the facility at the boardroom table utilizing industry benchmarks and your own records.
Managing Energy & How to Build a Conservation Culture
Energy is the 2nd largest element of a school budget, and with costs rising and increased educational requirements, it must be properly managed. Discover how 15-25% of a school's energy consumption is lost simply in the lack of knowledge on how energy systems and buildings should be operated at their most efficient levels. Learn how you can empower students, staff and faculty to impact and control energy costs, while building a conservation culture.
Ask the Experts: How to Get Your Board "On Board"
Examine best practices from the business officer, facilities and trustee point of view on how to achieve buy-in and consensus from your Board on facilities and capital needs.