As the 2016-17 school year draws to a close, it’s natural to take stock on the year and consider all that has been accomplished throughout Kingsport City Schools. This week, the Saturday Six shines a spotlight on the KCS Maintenance and Custodial Services department, the group of outstanding men and women that work tirelessly to help ensure KCS accomplishes district Goal #3… Furnish safe, appropriate, and well-maintained facilities that support teaching and learning.
It has been year of great progress and service, as the Maintenance department has increased efficiencies and kept KCS facilities operating at an exemplary level. Let’s take a look at six facts and figures that highlight the fantastic work that has been done this year!
- The Maintenance and Custodial Services department is responsible for maintaining over 1.5 million square feet of facilities. That includes preventative and operational maintenance of over 900 HVAC units and mowing 150 acres. This year alone, they have responded t over 4,500 work orders!
- While keeping schools safe and energy efficient, the department also strives to be environmentally conscious. They are constantly researching and testing the best cleaning products on the market, and have achieved a 95% Green level with the materials used.
- As part of a long-term energy savings program, KCS continues to see cost and energy efficiencies due to conservation efforts and through the installation and use of efficient materials. Now in year five of the program, KCS expects to see near $500,000 in energy savings this year alone!
- The work to be responsible stewards of resources stretches all across the district, and through the efforts of the department, great results are taking place in MANY KCS schools. In fact, eleven schools are Energy Star Certification Eligible this year!
- In addition to the regular daily upkeep of KCS schools and facilities, the department also keeps an eye on both short and long-term needs. Capital projects such as roofing and flooring are a focus, as well as unusual occurrences, such as plowing and salting parking lots and sidewalks during winter weather events.
- Upkeep and maintenance of KCS facilities is certainly not just an eight-to-five job. Whether it is an early morning plowing parking lots, a regular school day supporting the work of student and staff, or late nights getting schools ready for the next day’s classes, the department is on the job at all hours of the day and night. And that doesn’t even consider the many weekends spent supporting school events or dealing with unexpected needs that pop up!
Thanks to the men and women of the KCS Maintenance and Custodial Services department for their world-class work!
Don’t forget… Dobyns-Bennett graduation is just two weeks away. We hope you will help us celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s graduating class on Saturday, May 20th at 9 a.m. in J. Fred Johnson Stadium!