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POLICY CODE: GBL
TO: Superintendents of Schools, Principals, Business Managers, Facilities Managers
FROM: Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner
RE: Burleigh Oxton Award for Excellence
Best in State
Mr. Clayton Achey, a father
of five and a very well respected custodian at
According to Superintendent Richard
Curtis, Clayton “has worked tirelessly…to create a kid-friendly school.” An avid fly fisherman, Mr. Achey has not only taught students this fine art (an 8 week
course), but also taken groups on “hikes” which focused on the science of
nature and frequently lead to breathtaking views. Though Clayton’s primary focus is providing a
clean and healthy environment for student learning – a task he takes very
seriously - he also drives the school bus in the afternoon, is seen at a number
of community events and constantly seeks self-improvement; he is a true-life long learner. Mr. Achey has
earned respect the old fashioned way.
Board Chair N. Lynn Wilson noted that
Clayton “has quietly and humbly assumed a leadership position in our
district…by going above and beyond to make
Award runner-up Edward Patterson, born and
Award runner-up Phil Rundgren
The Educational Plant Maintenance Association of Maine (EPMA) is strongly supported by its member vendors, conducts monthly professional development programs during the school year, hosted its first one day Northern Chapter Conference at Caribou High School during April vacation, and continues to pursue learning and training opportunities for all school facilities professionals across the State. With the support of the Public Utilities Commission, they have arranged Building Operator Certification courses across the State. EPMA is also working with the Community College system on developing a two-year degree program in facilities management. However, the primary focus of EPMA remains the annual conference held at the University of Maine at Farmington. This year’s conference topics included the principles of service (leadership); changes in boiler and elevator codes as well as a review of maintenance and inspection requirements; “new” Efficiency Maine programs sponsored by the Public Utilities Commission; bleacher safety; asbestos awareness; floor care; roof management (attendees went on the roof in the rain to examine areas of concern); workplace safety with an emphasis on ergonomics; energy management; Integrated Pest Management; playground safety; OSHA compliance; school threats; field maintenance; hazardous and universal waste; green products; and updates from the Maine Department of Education. The two and a half day conference also included a trade show where over 20 vendors display and demonstrate their wares.
The three finalists – Mr. Clayton Achey, Mr. Edward Patterson, and Mr. Phil Rundgren – each received a small cash award and attended the conference free of charge. Mr. Achey’s name will be engraved on a “traveling” plaque to be displayed in Jackman until the next winner is announced. Clayton will also receive his own plaque to display as he sees fit. The plaques will be presented in Jackman or at the Department of Education in Augusta later this fall.
The Educational Plant Maintenance Association of Maine is also accepting applications for Clean-O-Rama’s Paul Sferes Memorial Scholarship, a $500 college scholarship, which are due by August 1, 2004. The National School Plant Management Association also has a scholarship program. Forms and documents are typically due by March 1st for the following semester.