SchoolDude Shares Results of Second Annual Education Facilities Budget, Staffing and Operations Study

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As the average education facility enters its fifth generation of service, the SchoolDude Facilities, Staffing and Operations study reveals important data for operations, facility maintenance and capital planning decisions.

Dude Solutions, the leading provider of cloud-based operations management solutions, today announced the results of its second annual SchoolDude 2017 Facilities Budget, Staffing and Operations Study of more than 500 K-12 and higher education facilities, maintenance and operations professionals, conducted in Q1 2017. As schools and universities deal with aging facilities infrastructures as well as advanced technological needs, nearly 40 percent of K-12 and higher education respondents report increased maintenance and operation budgets.

“As the average education facility enters its fifth generation of service, the SchoolDude Facilities, Staffing and Operations study reveals important benchmarking data for education operations, facility maintenance and capital planning decisions,” said Nick Mirisis, vice president of marketing for Dude Solutions. “Key performance indicators show that more budget and more staff don’t always equal high service. Instead, operations leadership is critical in helping operations teams perform at a high level and leveraging the right mix of people, systems, and processes to achieve success.”

After-Hours Shifts Help Accommodate Workload

Across both the K-12 and higher education sectors most maintenance (80 percent) is handled in house. While K-12 maintenance personnel maintain three times as much area as higher education, higher education acreage and median square feet maintained increased 24 percent and 16 percent, respectively, over the past year. To meet these needs, more than 70 percent of education facilities teams are running after-hours shifts, both evenings and nights, to be more productive and reduce disruptions to the learning environment. This is an increase from 66 percent in 2016.

Custodians outnumber maintenance personnel 4:1 for K-12 institutions and the overall median age of facilities professionals across both sectors is 45 years old.

Low Emphasis on Preventive Maintenance Concerning

Surprisingly, the majority (36 percent) of respondents dedicate less than 10 percent of their resources to preventive or planned maintenance (PM) – a worrisome trend for an aging infrastructure that will need more PM work to ensure that all assets are up and running efficiently.

New Findings on Energy, Safety and Communication

This year, SchoolDude expanded the survey to also address safety, energy and communication needs. While 85 percent of respondents state that Facilities and Maintenance teams manage energy consumption, 62 percent do…

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