The Operational Services Department oversees the maintenance and operations of the 4.8 million square feet of Boulder Valley School District facilities as well as the safety and security of staff and students and daily transportation.
One of our critical layers—keeping fresh air flowing in classrooms—will get a boost thanks to a $1.4M Safe Schools Reopening grant from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). The grant money will be used to purchase portable air purifiers for classrooms, cafeterias, and libraries throughout the district as well as MERV 11 air filters for building HVAC systems.
Custodial teams work hard to maintain safe and clean learning environments for students and school staff. They are vital to the success of the Green Star Schools Program which supports composting at our schools. Two BVSD custodians were featured in the latest issue of EcoCycle's Green Star News.
Earlier this school year when welding and auto repair students at Boulder Technical Education Center (TEC) returned to their classrooms on the Arapahoe Campus, they were greeted by newly renovated classrooms/labs that had been updated to emulate professional shops.
“It ought to be a birthright for every child, every day, to have healthy food in school,” says Ann Cooper, Food Services Director at BVSD. “This new centralized production facility gives us the space and equipment to make that a reality for BVSD students.”
The turning color of the leaves and cooling temperatures are sure signs that Fall is here. Before we know it, snow and ice are certain to return too – and Boulder Valley School District is ready. An entire team at the district is prepared to monitor snowstorms, evaluate road conditions, shovel sidewalks, plow parking lots and ultimately make the big decision to delay or close schools, if necessary.
Thanks to renovations completed through the 2014 bond-funded construction program, schools have been able to invest in modernizing learning environments to support 21st Century learning.
Over the past several years we have collected indoor air quality data from all schools. This data is evaluated to make recommendations for changes to building operations and occupant behavior and to identify facility renovations to improve indoor air quality.