Two DeForest Area School District maintenance staff members have recently completed a Facilities Management Certification Program through the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials (WASBO). Jeff Bloch, a district-wide maintenance employee, and Dan Hornickel, head building custodian at the middle school, completed the program designed to provide staff who are responsible for school facilities with current knowledge and best practices in providing safe and healthy environments.
According to Woody Wiedenhoeft, Executive Director for WASBO, the educational program is recognized by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Applicants must apply through WASBO to enter the program. To obtain the certification, an applicant must complete 32 hours of the WASBO Facilities Manager Core Certification curriculum. The curriculum consists of seven modules covering topics such as custodial operations, HVAC and electrical systems, environmental health and safety, maintenance and operations, facility planning and budgeting, employee relations and interaction with public, and emergency management, school safety and security.
To keep their certification current, participants are required to attend Continuing Education Courses from the WASBO Facilities Manager Certification Program to stay abreast of what is happening in facilities management.
Bloch and Hornickel will be recognized for achieving certification at the annual WASBO Spring Conference on Friday, May 15.