Keeping costs low
The Buildings and Grounds Department handles most of
its business in-house, versus outsourcing and paying for services. In
inclement weather, department employees shovel, plow, sand, and salt
walkways, roofs, and sidewalks. They also maintain and repair district
vehicles such as trucks, plows, and mowers.
The district's heating system - composed of 12
boilers - is also cleaned and repaired by school personnel in order to
keep costs down. The boilers switch from natural gas to oil with the
flick of a switch. If the cost of one resource goes up, the district can
utilize the other.
Most of the district's heating is managed on computer
software. Trained employees can locate any heating problems in the
schools, and the district doesn't have to hire an outside company to
manage the software.
Renting versus buying
The department also tightens spending by renting
major equipment, such as bulldozers. Instead of paying an enormous
amount for equipment that isn't regularly used, it is rented when
needed. Employees are trained to operate the equipment as well.
Besides maintaining the district's 88 acres of
athletic fields and custom-building bookcases and workspaces for
classrooms, Buildings and Grounds staff are also responsible for keeping
Goshen Central Schools spick and span. In fact, the district's budget
towards vandalism, such as graffiti and trash, is only $2,500.