Facility Services Training 

All member districts are entitled to unlimited free training classes, which are held throughout the state during the year. Classes are $425 for nonmembers. All trainings count toward Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) continuing education requirements.

For more information on upcoming classes:

Please e-mail facilities@tasb.org with names and the contact information of any individual and the course they will be attending. 

2019 Training Schedule

TASB Campus (Austin)

May 14 CANCELED: Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities 8 Hours 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
May 15 CANCELED: Hazardous Materials Management and Emergency Response 5 Hours 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
May 16 CANCELED: Best Practices: Construction Fundamentals 6 Hours 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

TASB Campus (Austin)

July 16 Asbestos Designated Person 8 Hours 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
July 17 Integrated Pest Management Coordinator 6 Hours 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
July 18 Environmental/Facilities Regulatory Compliance 5 Hours 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

Training Descriptions

Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

Public school districts in Texas fall under both state and federal regulations pertaining to accessibility for persons with disabilities in district facilities. This session will discuss the differences between the state Architectural Barriers Program that is administered by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), and the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that is enforced by several federal agencies. Information will be provided to help school districts:

  1. Assess their level of compliance with the state and federal regulations
  2. Determine realistic schedules for bringing their facilities into compliance
  3. Communicate with state and federal agencies when inspections or complaints identify noncompliant areas

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Asbestos Designated Person Training

This class addresses areas defined in the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) regulations for those responsible for the school’s asbestos program. Topics covered include:

  • Asbestos detection, identification, and assessment
  • Health effects associated with asbestos exposure
  • Control options
  • Relevant federal and state regulations
  • Management plan components

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This class satisfies the current training requirements put forth in AHERA for Asbestos Designated Person training. Although there are currently no refresher requirements, it is a good idea to repeat this class every few years to keep relevant asbestos issues and requirements fresh on you mind.

Asbestos Maintenance and Operations Contractor

This two-day course includes how to clean up asbestos spills and repair damaged asbestos-containing materials. Topics include:

  • The proper use of respirators, protective clothing, HEPA vacuums
  • Repair procedures
  • Personnel air monitoring procedures
  • Fit-testing protocols
  • How to set up mini-enclosures and regulated areas
  • Personal decontamination procedures

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Best Practices: Efficient Facilities

Ever wonder about how far the energy industry has come over the past few years? With the constant squeezing of school budgets and growing cost to maintain facilities, we are often asked about opportunities for schools to make the most out of their resources. Many districts have easy opportunities to not only obtain substantial savings, but also to improve the learning environment. We’ll discuss everything from the pros and cons of various lighting to behavioral techniques you can employ in the classroom to getting the most out of your old HVAC equipment. From routine maintenance to today’s hi-tech controls systems, a lot has changed. Join us to get up to date and gain the tools necessary to take advantage of today’s energy and facility opportunities.

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Best Practices: Maintenance and Operations

Participants will explore points of emphasis for the effective and efficient operation of a school maintenance, operations and grounds departments. This course will examine staffing, processes, training, equipment and best practices for custodial services, maintenance, and grounds. Topics discussed will also include:

  • Preventative maintenance
  • Facility inspection
  • Routine process scheduling
  • Work order processing

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Best Practices: Procurement

Schools, especially M&O departments, buy a lot of goods and services.

  • Operations departments buy everything from custodial chemicals to burnishers.
  • Maintenance departments procure everything from nuts and bolts to light bulbs and tractors.
  • Transportation departments must purchase oil, tires, and fuel for bus and vehicle fleets.
  • Facility departments are often responsible for locking down everything from electricity contracts to professional services and service contracts.

This course will discuss the options and methods that will help you to follow best practices throughout the purchasing process.

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Environmental/Facilities Regulatory Compliance

An in-depth look at all environmental regulations that affect schools, and how to maintain compliance with the regulations. Topics included above-ground storage tanks, back flow prevention testing, playground safety, and much more.

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Grounds Management

This course examines proper practices in landscaping and grounds maintenance. Topics include:

  • Soil moisture management
  • Irrigation management
  • Grading
  • Soil amendments
  • Nutrition plans
  • Annual agronomy calendars
  • Sports turf management
  • Equipment suggestions and maintenance

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Hazardous Materials Management and Emergency Response

This eight-hour course is designed to give an overview of practical measures that may help with the prevention of hazardous material accidents, incidents, or exposures that may cause health impairment, injury, fire, or interference with operations. It will cover federal, state, and local regulations related to utilizing and housing hazardous materials in laboratory setting as well as in other facilities. Topics will include:

  • Inventory
  • Handling
  • Storage
  • Employee training

The course material is delivered with a focus around hazardous materials commonly found at educational institutions.

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Indoor Air Quality Training

Designed to help school officials manage indoor air quality complaints and concerns in a timely manner. Attendees receive information necessary to establish an indoor air quality management plan and discuss current IAQ legislation and regulation.

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Integrated Pest Management Coordinator Training

This course meets the requirements outlined by the Texas Structural Pest Control Services department within the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) for training a school district’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) coordinator. Topics include:

  • Regulatory requirements
  • Administration of IPM in school pest control programs
  • Principles of IPM
  • Pesticide safety practices

This class satisfies the requirements for both the initial IPM Coordinator training and provides all six continuing education units to be completed every three years as required by current regulations.

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School Construction Fundamentals

This course will examine key concepts and factors associated with a school construction project. Topics will include:

  • Architect selection
  • Delivery methods
  • Design processes
  • Project oversight
  • Program structure

Participants will also be invited to discuss best practices and common pitfalls related to a school facility construction project.

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