Maine DOE offers facilities, maintenance staff training

The Maine DOE and the Educational Plant Maintenance Association of Maine invite school administrators, facilities directors, business managers, maintenance teams and custodial staff to the 46th Annual School Facilities Conference at Colby College on June 23-25. Registration to the multi-track conference on leadership, maintenance and custodial care is free to public school staff.

Michael Dorn, executive director of Safe Havens International will present the keynote.  Safe Havens International, the world’s largest school safety center, recently completed the 2014 Maine statewide school security report and wrote the Maine school safety guide titled Twenty Strategies to Safer and More Effective Schools, which are available for downloading from the Maine DOE school security website.

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.

For more details and to register for the conference, visit the Educational Plant Maintenance Association of Maine’s website.

For information related to standards for school emergency operations plans or standards for school maintenance programs and capital improvement programs, contact Maine DOE’s Pat Hinckley at pat.hinckley@maine.gov  or 207-624-6886.