Construction and Facilities

Maintenance of Buildings, Grounds, and Equipment
Construction and Facility Standards

Maintenance of Buildings, Grounds, and Equipment

TASB Resources

  • The TASB HR Library, available behind myTASB for members of HR Services, offers information on required workplace postings under the heading HR Department
  • TASB HR Services' workplace signs are available for sale in the TASB Store.

Other Resources

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Healthy School, Healthy Kids website offers resources to establish, maintain, or enhance a school environmental health program.
  • The Texas State Energy Conservation Offices (SECO) Schools Energy Program website provides resources to aid districts in setting up and maintaining energy efficiency programs.
  • The Texas Department of Agriculture Structural Pest Control Board School Integrated Pest Management website provides information about pest control in the school environment, pesticides, and the integrated pest management (IPM) coordinator as well as related forms.
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Schools website contains model guidance for implementation of integrated pest management schools.
  • The U.S. EPA Asbestos in Schools website includes information on the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) and related publications published in both English and Spanish.

Construction and Facility Standards

TASB Resources

  • All school districts should work with a school attorney when entering construction contracts. Texas Council of School Attorneys (CSA) members have access to sample amendments to the standard American Institute of Architects (AIA) contracts.
  • TASB Legal Services' article Architect or Engineer? (pdf) answers questions about when a school district is required by law to hire an architect or engineer for its construction projects.
  • For information on criminal history background checks for contractors, see eSource at Personnel – Employment Requirements.
  • For information on school officials' required conflict of interest disclosures, see eSource at Governance – Conflicts of Interest.

Other Resources

  • TEA's Facilities Funding and Standards website includes links to the certificate of project compliance forms that must be submitted for school construction and major space renovation projects as well as links to resources addressing facility standards for schools and other buildings.
  • The U.S. CPSC Public Playground Safety Handbook details standards for building and maintaining playgrounds.
  • The ASTM International Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use (ASTM F1487-11) includes the standards a district must adhere to when purchasing and installing playground equipment.
  • The U.S. Access Board website provides information about accessible facility and transportation design to address the needs of individuals with disabilities, including accessibility guidelines for play areas, building elements designed for children's use, and district facilities.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website provides information about facility accessibility requirements for individuals with disabilities as well as related guidance and technical assistance.