Reid completes Facilities Manager Certification

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Dusty Reid, director of facilities and operations for Cassville schools, earned his Facilities Manager Certification through the Missouri School Plant Managers Association (MSPMA). The certification program is offered to help building, grounds and facility managers across the state to provide safe and healthful educational facilities. Contributed photo

Superintendent: 'Dusty has been a tremendous addition to our district'

Dusty Reid, Cassville director of facilities and operations, recently earned his Facilities Manager Certification through the Missouri School Plant Managers Association (MSPMA). The certification program is offered by MSPMA to develop a knowledge base for building and grounds and facilities leaders across the state to provide safe and healthful educational facilities.

Reid began the certification process in September of 2014, and graduated during the MSPMA fall conference on September 26 of this year.

"I am very appreciative that our school board supports training opportunities like this," said Reid. "Not only was it very educational and productive, but it allowed me to meet numerous other people around the state that do the same job. This is a great resource when we are looking to try something new or deal with an unusual issue. In addition, it is always good to stay abreast of ever-changing laws and policies as they relate to educational facilities, and this organization does a great job of keeping us informed."

In order to obtain certification, applicants must complete the MSPMA Facilities Manger Core Certification curriculum. At this time, 34 school districts across the state of Missouri have a certified plant manager on staff. Program participants focus on seven core modules and study material such as custodial, maintenance and operations, HVAC and electrical operations, long range capitol project planning and emergency management and school safety and security.

Participants gain knowledge of current and changing legislation and regulations, savings through efficiencies of operations, energy use and effective labor management, improved safety for students, staff and community, how to establish and improve upon a healthy and safe learning environment and effective facility planning and budgeting.

"Dusty joined our team in early 2014 and has been a tremendous addition to our district," said Dr. Richard Asbill, Cassville schools superintendent. "We appreciate his eagerness to learn more about the important duties associated with his position at our school and how he and his team can perform those duties the best possible way. We believe well trained staff is another way we can provide a quality educational experience for our students and a better school district for our community."

In order to maintain his certification, Reid will attend a minimum of 12 continuing education training over a three-year period.