Nicholas Crupi, CEFM
Director of Buildings & Grounds
Marianne Von Oehsen
The Building and Grounds Department is a critical component of the success of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Public Schools. Our department prioritizes the safety and health of students, faculty, employees and guests, as well as maintaining a pristine and visually attractive environment.
The Building and Grounds Department is responsible for compliance with all State and Federal regulations pertaining to public schools, and the maintenance of a healthy school environment. This includes all required annual inspections of district buildings and systems, as well as purchasing of maintenance and custodial equipment, supplies and contractual services for the district.
Our Mission Statement
The Buildings and Grounds Department works to achieve three goals:
- Provide safe, clean and healthy indoor and outdoor environments to support educational activities
- Ensure the structural integrity and efficiency of our facilities,
- Protect the investment of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood citizens
We operate on the belief that facility safety is optimized by being proactive to develop and implement proven protocols to ensure healthy environments that are hallmarked by reduced risk of accidents or illness inside and outside of all buildings and grounds.
Examples include implementation of indoor air quality technology, Integrated Pest Management (which eliminates harmful chemicals to reduce populations of rodents and insects, and an innovative electrostatic disinfecting procedure to reduce bacterial risk. Daily, weekly and monthly cleanings and inspections ensure that risks of potential problems are significantly reduced.
The Building and Grounds Department is comprised of custodians, maintenance and trade professionals. Our custodial staff performs more than just cleaning -- our custodians are selected for their high standards of creating -- and maintaining -- sanitary spaces. Our maintenance and trade staff are experts who perform preventive maintenance to ensure maximum life expectancy of our equipment, as well as quickly and efficiently resolve technical issues that may arise.
The level of service our Buildings and Grounds Department provides would not be possible without the support we receive from the administration, the Board of Education, and the public.