Supporting School Facilities
Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, the Vermont Superintendents Association’s (VSA) began a two-year pilot program to provide support to Vermont School Facilities systems. Through VSA's partnership with the Vermont School Custodian and Maintenance Association (VSCMA), the Vermont School Boards Insurance Trust (VSBIT), and numerous State Agencies, and with the support of School Superintendents across the state, this program has flourished.
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VSA is organizing and hosting monthly informational meetings for facilities management personnel. These virtual meetings include segments on school facilities related topics, presented by representatives from relevant state agencies and other partners. with a focus on information sharing and technical advice. At these meetings we also give updates on Legislative activity, and give time for an open forum to promote knowledge sharing and build collegiality.
VSA launched and manages an information request program where one facilities director can ask a question to the whole group via email, which enables them to receive a wider array of information and resources.
VSA organizes an annual in-person Ask the Experts program in which experts on an array of relevant topics meet with, and present to, facilities managers. Presentations all include a question and answer session. Past Ask the Expert programs have included topics in the area of environmental issues; school safety; and school building operations, maintenance and efficiency.
VSA provides organizational support for the VSCMA annual conference held in June each year. This conference offers workshops relevant to custodial staff, grounds keepers, maintenance staff, and facility managers. The conference also brings in supply and equipment vendors for in-person demonstrations and discussions.
VSA supports on-going educational efforts by our partners and others to benefit all school facilities personnel around the state.
VSA provides legislative advocacy support in the education arena related to school facilities both by sharing information from the State House, but also by providing information from school facilities management personnel to the State House. The public policy arena around school facilities is growing more complex and benefits from information sharing.
Please contact VSA Executive Director Jeffrey Francis email@example.com or 802 229 5834 with questions.