The South Texas Association
of School Maintenance Officials
Our NEXT MEETING is...
Our monthly meetings will resume in September 29, 2021. Meetings are from 10:30- 12:00, at the Rio Grande Valley Partnership Chamber in Weslaco, on 322 S. Missouri. Lunch is included. Click here to send me an email to let us know you're coming...Want to make sure we've got the right amount of meals and handouts available for you! Vendors, you are more than welcome to provide door prizes! Click here for the agenda.
The meeting dates for 2021-2022 are: 9/29, 11/17, 1/26, 2/23, 4/27, 5/25
Summer Conference 2022, July 20-21 is ON! 40 Trade Show Spaces Available in 2022!
The Conference will take place at the South Padre Island Convention Center. The host hotel will most likely be the Holiday Inn Express. The format of the Conference will be like our previous conferences. You can click here to see what our 2021 Agenda looked like. In 2022 we will introduce an evening cruise on the bay for our Wednesday evening social mixer...Registration coming soon...!
Click here to see Summer Conference 2021 photos.
A summary of our past meetings and links to agendas & sign in rosters can be found below under, "Our Last Meeting Was..."
If you are a school district official and you're involved in school maintenance, facilities, custodial operations we'd love to see you at our meetings! There is no fees (our vendors/partners are great!). We just ask that you email me in advance to let us know you're coming. Then I'll add you to our email list so you receive future notices for meetings, etc. It's a win win situation!
The STASMO 2022 Scholarship program will open April 2022. The deadlinefor submitting packets is TBD. Recipients and their families will be invited to join us for lunch on July 21st during our Summer Conference.
Training & Other Opportunities...
~ You may want to take a minute and take a look at the info on the Other Resources page!
~Region One ESC has several training opportunities coming up in XXX! For more info on registration etc click here.
Our Last Meeting Was...
~January 29, 2020 Meeting Presentations included, "Elimination of mold and mildew under resilient flooring..." by Forbo and "Preparing for State Hazcom Audits..." by TASB Facilities
~Nov 20th, 2019, Presenters were Don May of TF Harper talking about Play ground safety and Russell Bego of AEP reviewing several of their energy efficiency & reimbursement programs. They were also our lunch sponsors- Thank you!
11/20/19 Agenda, Sign In & Treasurer Report Russel Bego's PPT
~Apr 24th, 2019, Presenters De Shannon Ostos of Redfish Recycling speaking on the importance of recycling and how Redfish operates. Redfish was also our lunch Sponsor. Thank you! This is the last meeting of the year until the Summer Conference and then our meetings begin again in September. Have a great summer!- See you at the Conference in July.
~Mar 27th, 2019, Presenters were Mark Warren, PE of Ethos Engineering speaking on Climate Change and David Hansen, attorney, with Eichelbaum Wardell, Hansen Powell & Mehl PC speaking on "Daddy, Where Do Change Orders Come From...". Javier with TIPS USA provided a door prize. TIPS USA and Yellowstone Landscaping were our lunch sponsors. Thank you!
~Jan 30, 2019, Presenters were Mark Matoska of Roof Connect discussing roof asset programs and Carlos Castaneda of Texas Air Systems discussing outside air ventilation vs indoor air quality. Over 8 school districts were represented! We had our first retirement of an active and very supportive member, Mark Wallace of Region One ESC! Presenters were also our lunch sponsors and Don May of TF Harper provided a gift certificate door prize and Javier Farias of TIPS provided Yeti mugs! Thank you!
~Nov 28, 2018, Presenters were Joe Dahr of LEAF Engineering discussing with pictures good and bad mechanical, electrical and plumbing installations and Russel Bego of AEP Texas discussing Energy Efficiency programs and rebates available to school districts... The presenters were also our lunch sponsors- Thank you! Agenda, Sign In Roster and Treasurer's Report below.
~Sept 26, 2018, Presenters were Ben Hinojosa of US Water discussing chiller tower water treatment and Stephen Galindo of Texas Sealcoat discussing asphalt maintenance. The presenters were also our lunch sponsors- Thank you! Agenda, Sign In Roster and Treasurer's Report below.
~April 25, 2018, Presenters were an inhouse panel discussion with Maintenance Directors Felipe Garcia of BISD and Fernando Lopez of PSJA. Our lunch time presenter was David Hansen via video conference, attorney with Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Attorneys specializing in school construction law doing an online presentation and Q&A session.
4/25/18, Agenda, Sign In, Treasurer Report and Summer Conference Info
~March 28, 2018, The presenters were Stephen Kendrick, Sr. Mgr of Facilities Planning from Choice Partners and our lunchtime presenter was Russell Bego of American Electric Power (AEP.
~January 31, 2018, The presenters were Travis Jones from Armko Building Envelope Consultants...and our lunchtime presenter was Tom Facca, Regional VP from Patcraft Commercial Carpet...Trane, TIPS, Patcraft, PUB and Interceramic also provided gift cards and other door prizes.
1/31/18 Agenda, Sign In & T. Report
~November 29, 2017, our presenter was Don May of TF Harper who spoke on "Playground Safety". TF Harper was our lunch sponsor as well as providing a gift card door prize. Trane also provided x2 gift cards for door prizes for our school district friends. You can click below for a copy of the presentation, sign in roster and treasurer's report.
~September 27, 2017, our presenters and lunch sponsors were Noe Olivares from Reno Sports Seating & John Svendersen of Peerless Marketing. Mr. Olivares presented on Bleacher Safety & Inspections and Mr. Svendersen on Lithium Battery technology for custodial floor equipment. Special thanks to Don Cirilo of Sika who provided door prizes! The districts represented included, Hidalgo, San Benito, Harlingen, Brownsville, Los Fresnos, PSJA, Sharyland, Mission, South Texas & Region One ESC.
~April 26, 2017, our presenters were Sherron Hughes from Staples on "Accepting Change" and Mark Matoska from Roof Connect on "Roofing". Great presentations and thanks for sponsoring lunch! Links to their presentations are below.
~March 29, 2017, our presenters were Dustin Gerloff and Justin Titus of Gerloff Company discussing "Water Damage & Restoration Services". It was very interesting and well presented. Thank you for the presentation and sponsoring lunch today. A copy of their presentation is below.
3/29/17 Treasurer's Report and Sign In Gerloff Presentation
~January 25, 2017,
~ November 16, 2016 and our presenters and topics were, Perry Mechanical- "HVAC Replacement Options", Alpha Construction- "Job Order Construction" and Sherwin Williams-Uniflex "Roof Repairs & the Uniflex System". Big thanks to our presenters for sponsoring lunch and our door prizes. A shout out to Ben Hinojosa of US Water Services who provided the most coveted door prizes- Yeti Colsters & tumblers!
~Sep 28, 2016, our presenters were Frank Rivas & Aaron Schultz of STANLEY, discussing school shootings, lock downs and types of hardware & technologies available to ensure a quick response. Thank you for sponsoring lunch and providing those portfolios and other great door prizes! Also to Gulf Coast for providing gift cards.
~April 27, 2016 our presenter was Annette Van Brunt of Van Brunt & Associates with some "Cool Related Energy News...".
~March 30, 2016, our presenters were Climatec, "Alternative to Bldg Control Systems and Russell Bego of AEP on the "Energy Rebate Programs". Thanks to our presenters who also sponsored our lunch meal. We also want to thank Mario Garcia of AEP for providing door prizes!
~January 27, 2016, our presenter was Rajesh Kapileshwari of Ethos Engineering, "Changes in the Energy Code- 2009-2012 and The Impact on Construction, Energy & Maintenance Dept Budgets...". Ethos also sponsored lunch for our group- Thank you!
~Nov 18, 2015, 10:30- 1200 at the Rio Grande Valley Partnership Chamber in Weslaco, 322 South Missouri followed by lunch. We want to give a big thanks to Cesar Lopez of the BuyBoard for a very informative presentation on "Using the BuyBoard..." and sponsoring lunch and to Brice Chandler of Automated Logic who co-sponsored our lunch meal. Yours truly,(Dan Cantu) presented on "Managing The Maintenance Monster"
~Sept 30, 2015, 10:30- 1200 at the Rio Grande Valley Partnership Chamber in Weslaco, 322 South Missouri followed by lunch. We want to give a big thanks to Byron of Gordian Group & Jim Leavelle of URETEK for providing door prizes and incentives for the meeting! And a big thanks to Jerry Tallez of One Stop Recycling and Jim Leavelle of URETEK ICR who presented and sponsored lunch.
093015 Meeting Sign In.pdf 093015 Treasurer Report.pdf
~April 29, 2015, 10:30- 1200 at the Rio Grande Valley Partnership Chamber in Weslaco, 322 South Missouri followed by lunch. We want to give a big thanks to Brownsville PUB & Diaz Flooring for providing door prizes and incentives at our April meeting! And a big thanks to Ben Hinojosa of ChemCal and Andy Diaz of Diaz Flooring & Interiors who presented and sponsored lunch.
~March 25, 2015, 10:30-12:00 at the Rio Grande Valley Chamber of Commerce in Weslaco, at 322 South Missouri; followed by lunch. We had a last minute venue change- the new location is in the same general area, 275 S. Kansas Ave (just off to the left as you come down Texas Blvd but before entering Bus 83). The bldg has a couple suites to include their City Hall. We'll be in the one labeled Event Center (on the right), click here to see a picture of the bldg...The topics were, "Roof Top Maintenance" by Garland Products & "Asphalt Maintenance" by Jim Rose of Mejia & Rose Engineering.
~January 28, 2015, 10:30-12:00 at the Rio Grande Valley Chamber of Commerce in Weslaco, at 322 South Missouri; topics included- "Chillers and Preventive Maintenance, Top 5 Things You Should Be Doing & Why" and if you need to replace a chiller or DX Units "Top 3 Items You Want to Make Sure Are In Specs and Why..." Our presenters were our local TD Industries and Ethos Engineering. Thanks to TASB Energy, AAA Timesaver and who provided door prizes. Lunch was sponsored by TD Industries and Ethos Engineering.
~November 19, 2014, 10:30-12:00 at the Rio Grande Valley Chamber of Commerce in Weslaco. We had a very good presentation on LED Lighting Technology by Tom Scott of Acuity. We would like to thank Guillermo Quintanilla of Ethos Engineering for recommending them. There was also a brief review of two online tools for staying organized and keeping track of the many balls we have to juggle- Asana and Evernote.
~ September 24, 2014, 10:30-12:00 at the Rio Grande Valley Chamber of Commerce in Weslaco. We had presentations by Beto Casares, TASB, Risk Safety Specialist to talk about safety in general and OSHA, Russell Bego of AEP to tell us about their Energy Efficiency Incentive programs that get funded in January and Shannon Ostos of Redfish Recycling to talk about a different kind of recycling program that they offer in the lower valley...It was great to see IDEA Public Schools, La Joya folks as well as the ladies from Brownsville PUB and Magic Valley Electricity Co-op!
Coming Up and Did You Know...
~That in our "Other Resources" page we have links to Facilities Maintenance related websites as well as presentations such as on, "Pavement Maintenance" and "LEED in Existing Buildings"?
~ Maintenance Nuts & Bolts newsletter! 11/13- just added.. October topic is "How to change a negative perception..."
~The American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities offer a variety of free webinars that you can access for free. The latest is one on IPM by Janet Hurley!
~TASBO has online courses that you can sign up for...
~The Texas School Safety Center helps schools create and improve emergency operation plans. It was formed in 1999 and was authorized by the 77th Texas Legislature in 2001. It is located in the Texas Education Code - Chapter §37.201. The Attorney Generals Office website also has a school safety section with lots of good info and resources...
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