Dwayne Ellison serves at Maintenance Director of Scott County Schools. On a daily basis, Ellison and his team manage facility issues for one of the largest school districts in the state. A former principal, Ellison is accustomed to collaborating with others for continuous improvement. His work in the maintenance department is no exception.
This year Ellison convened regular meetings of directors and facility managers throughout Kentucky. They gather on a quarterly basis visiting different districts each time. This partnership benefits schools and districts as they discuss best practices to ensure student safety and support learning.
“I am a firm believer in the power of synergy and professional learning communities,” stated Dan Razor, Boone County Director of Facility Management. “It is great to collaborate with colleagues that have the same student-centered focus.”
Agenda items include Kentucky Department of Education policies and procedures, access controls, staffing, safe schools, preventative maintenance, work order systems, and purchasing. The meetings allow district leaders to gather information and seek feedback regarding shared concerns.
“I appreciate everyone sharing and getting involved,” Ellison said. “This collaboration has a powerful impact on the education of our students.”
Districts were initially invited to participate because their size and student population were similar to Scott County. As the initiative has grown, smaller surrounding districts have offered perspective on common issues.
In addition to Scott County, represented districts include: Boone, Bullitt, Clark, Daviess, Franklin, Harrison, Jessamine, Marion, Nelson, Shelby, Spencer, and Warren counties. The group met three times this year and will meet again at the annual Kentucky School Plant Managers Association conference in the fall.
Photo by Jim McClanahan
Pictured here: David Shutt, Daviess County; David Nichols, Clark County; Billy Parker, Scott County; Dan Razor, Boone County; Jim Oliver, Spencer County; John Clemons, Jessamine County; Dwayne Ellison, Scott County; Kevin Mattingly, Nelson County; Trampus Penn, Franklin County; Bo Switzer, Harrison County; and Scott Spalding, Marion County.