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What does Steve Vollmert, Plant Operations Supervisor at Farmington Municipal Schools, think of being awarded the Ben Luján Gold award last week beating out the other 89 New Mexico school districts for Best Maintenance Department? He says it’s “amazing.”
Why was it amazing?
Although the district won the bronze awards from 2006 to 2010 and then silver awards for the last two years, this year proved particularly challenging as Vollmert’s department lost eight veteran technicians to retirement over the last 18 months. Over the course of the year, new staff have been hired and trained, but Vollmert cited the effort placed on the district’s new work order system, the SchoolDude MaintenanceDirect system, to have played a key role in facilitating greater efficiency and departmental success throughout the transition.
With MaintenanceDirect, Vollmert and his team was able to smoothly transition from paper to online forms.
New Mexico schools are required to meet strict standards inpreventive maintenance and facilities management in order to receive funding from the Public School Capital Outlay Council. Together with SchoolDude, the district’s 106 workers tracked over 17,000 work orders, or 1.67 work orders per student. Of the work orders tracked, nearly 3,000 or 17 percent of those were related to preventive maintenance and directly contributed to Farmington High School receiving $3.1 million in funding this past August.