Trustees heard how innovation in several areas of Facilities Services have led to cost savings and a more efficient delivery of services. Executive Director of Operations Chris Juntti told trustees that operations always focuses on #CollectiveGreatness while never forgetting about #EveryChild, the goal being facilities that are comfortable, well maintained, safe and clean. Director of Facilities David Vesling said he and his department are always thinking about innovation and ways to save money.
Efficiencies in Energy Management, led by Jadelyn Waters, including more strident review of utility bills have increased in-house savings from $970,000 between 2012-14 to $2.7 million between 2014-16. Waters said the district has uncovered $375,000 in billing errors this year alone. Energy Management is conducting a case study using LED lighting, reinforcing behavioral patterns to maximize energy savings and finalizing product standards across SBISD for further cost savings.
Given a directive in 2014 to expand operations, the facilities department has seen increased rental income, from $52,000 in 2013-14 to $587,000 in 2015-16 by looking at facilities rentals as a revenue stream, and developing and expanding long-term partnerships with rental customers. Under the direction of Ana Bermudez, a rental structure was developed, resulting in revised rental policies that have been positively received by the community. More refinements are underway, and the program is working with Finance to assess actual cost and profit.
Custodial Services under Director James Mora is changing from “area” cleaning to “team” cleaning to help drive efficiencies in that arena. An average SBISD custodian cleans 29,000-36,000 square feet per night, compared to the industry average of 24,000 square feet per custodian. The “team” cleaning concept, being tried at 11 district campuses now as “study schools”, seeks efficiencies in equipment and cleaning supplies, and crosstrains team members as they change roles every 30 days. Mora wants to get the average area cleaned per custodian per night down to 29,000 square feet.