State offers facilities, business and maintenance staff training

The Educational Plant Maintenance Association of Maine will deliver the 45th Annual School Facilities Conference this summer. The conference will be held at Colby College June 24-26, 2013. School administrators, facilities directors, business managers, maintenance teams and custodial staff are invited to attend.  Registration is free for public school staff. This is a multi-track conference on leadership, maintenance and custodial care. This conference provides a unique venue for school staff to collaborate and learn how to manage buildings to foster positive learning environments.

This year’s keynote presentation, titled The Human Side of Leadership, will be presented by George Manning, Professor of Psychology and Business at Northern Kentucky University. Dr. Manning is an internationally known speaker, author and consultant to business, industry and government. Honored by university and alumni, he was selected “Outstanding Professor” and received the “Strongest Influence Award.” Manning’s unique approach and magic for connecting with people includes a blend of humor, interesting facts and practical applications.

Training for maintenance and custodial staff is especially important as school facilities are becoming more complex. Technology, building science, security and data management are now key knowledge requirements for staff to manage environmental quality, which is crucial to facilities programs that support the learning environment for all students. Title 20-A, Section 4001.7 sets standards for school maintenance programs and capital improvement programs. Information related to these programs will be addressed at the conference. This conference is sponsored in collaboration with the Maine Department of Education.

Visit the Educational Plant Maintenance Association of Maine website for more details and to register for the conference.

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