The South Texas Association of School Maintenance Officials
Our NEXT MEETING is...April 25, 2018!
~Presenters are an inhouse panel discussion and David Hansen, attorney with Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Attorneys specializing in school construction law doing an online presentation and Q&A session.
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 the rest of 2017-18 are:
November 29 January 31 March 28 April 25 & July 25-26 (summer conf)
A summary of our past meetings and links to agendas & sign in rosters can be found below under, "Our Last Meeting Was..."
Summer Conference 2018 is July 25-26th! Get it on your calendar now.
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!
July 25-& 26th...7th Annual 2018 STASMO Summer Conference, Wed/Thur, South Padre Island. Last year's participants described the conference as- "Excellent, Exciting, Interesting, Informative, Fun!!", "productive, motivational, enthusiastic, leadership, safety, discipline, respect", "Very educational", "It was a great conference!"...Register Today and look at this years exciting agenda! (tbd)
STASMO Scholarship program, for maintenance employees and or sons/daughters of maintenance employees working in the Region One ESC districts. Deadline for applying for 2017-18 is APRIL 30th!
STASMO 2018 Employee of the Year! Each year STASMO asks Region One districts to nominate one maintenance department employee and one custodial employee. A STASMO committee reviews the nominations then selects the one employee in each category that best meets the criteria in our nomination letter. The selected employees will be recognized at our Conference luncheon on July 26th and awarded a plaque and gift certificate! We will begin promoting it and start taking nominations in February for 2018!
The 2017 Maintenance Employee of the Year is, CONCEPCION ESCAMILLA with McAllen ISD. Congratulations Mr. Escamilla & McAllen ISD!
The 2017 Custodial Employee of the Year is MARIO MUNOZ of South Texas ISD. Congratulations Mr. Munoz and South Texas ISD!
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 January! For more info on registration etc click here.
~STASMO has started coordinating with Charles Swanson of TAMU in November 2017 to see about bringing some Landscape Irrigation courses to our area around Mar/April for our folks to be able to pick up their continuing ed hours and or gain knowledge in this area.
~ This is the link (PENDING) to the pictures taken by Mario Garcia & his wife during our 2017 Summer Conference, Thanks Mario!!
~ This is the link to the pictures taken by Mario Garcia & his wife during our 2016 Summer Conference, Thanks Mario!! Picasa website album. Feel free to share the link with anyone else in your office that may have gone.
Our Last Meeting Was...
~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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