Maine DOE offers facilities conference for school staff

The Maine DOE and the Educational Plant Maintenance Association of Maine invite superintendents, facilities directors, business managers, maintenance teams and custodial staff to the 47th Annual School Facilities Conference at Colby College on June 23-25. Registration to the conference is free for public school staff.

This is a multi-track conference that includes leadership, data management, planning, integrated pest management, maintenance, custodial care and more. This conference provides a unique venue for school staff to collaborate and learn how to manage buildings to foster positive learning environments.

Greg Lookabaugh, senior manager of facilities planning for the Harris County Department of Education will present the keynote. Lookabaugh is a national expert on facilities management and operations with over 35 years’ experience working with educational institutions and schools.  In 2009 he assisted the United States Department of Energy in preparing the Guide to Operating and Maintaining Energy Smart Schools to educate school districts across the nation in energy conservation.

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 website.

For more information, please contact Greg Marles at Cape Elizabeth Schools at gmarles@capeelizabethschools.org or 733-3427, or the Maine DOE’s Pat Hinckley at pat.hinckley@maine.gov or 624-6886.