Maintenance and Grounds
The Tahlequah Public Schools Maintenance and Grounds Department continues to oversee and complete maintenance projects this fall after a busy summer which included the completion of many maintenance and grounds undertakings. Projects that have been completed so far are:
spraying new foam insulation in the Boys and Girls Club gym,
replacing electrical wiring to the softball and baseball field lights,
preparing the new THS Engineering room,
installing new windows at Cherokee,
installing new VCT flooring in 13 Middle School classrooms,
installing a new speed bump in the High School parking lot, and
repainting lines and arrow in the THS parking lot to accommodate the new traffic flow.
Projects in progress now at the High School 200 building include installing new windows, repairing the roof and repainting classrooms. Projected projects for this school year include additional mechanical, roofing, and LED upgrades. The Middle School will have 23 HVAC units replaced and window replacements along with upgrades on our energy management systems at various sites in the district.
The Maintenance and Grounds Department employs thirteen staff members. There are currently nine maintenance staff, including warehouse delivery personnel and four grounds workers.
The Maintenance Department is responsible for all buildings, inside and out. They provide routine, preventive and corrective maintenance to over 650,000 square feet in our facilities. This includes checking mechanical system units to be sure they are working within proper limits; repairing any small holes, loose handrails, or missing ceiling tiles; inspecting and repairing all exterior doors, hinges, panic devices, door sweeps, closures, and door locks; inspecting and repairing exterior window glass; replacing ballasts, switches, electrical outlets, and breakers; replacing filters as scheduled, providing repairs of plumbing fixtures, faucets, or flush valves. This department completes an average of 100 work orders a week and the most critical or emergencies take priority and are done immediately.
The Grounds Department is responsible for more than 100 acres of the district’s property. The grounds staff maintains the exterior landscape of all sites in a healthy and attractive manner through regular mowing, edging, trimming of trees and ornamental bushes, the removal of dead trees, maintaining the appearance of school site fencing, sidewalks, curbs and picnic tables. During snow/ice weather, our grounds crew removes snow and ice in the parking lots and sidewalks at our school sites.
Warehouse delivery staff are accountable for freight that comes into the district. Every piece of freight is sorted, logged and distributed to each site. They are also responsible for the mail. Each day, they deliver from the post office to the board of education, where it is sorted for delivery.
The maintenance department is in charge of ordering and housing all custodial supplies for the district. Through email and fax, the custodial staff can send a supply order form. The warehouse staff member is responsible for delivering supplies to the school sites. The maintenance office is also responsible for providing training to all of the custodial staff on safety, chemicals, custodial cleaning techniques and custodial equipment.
Tahlequah Public Schools could not function without the Maintenance and Grounds Department caring for the facilities, grounds and warehousing the many supplies needed to operate. This team, led by Director Brad Jones does a fine job of keeping Tahlequah Public Schools open for business!