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Buildings and Grounds

Buildings and Grounds

Vision Statement

We envision safe, efficient, and modern facilities that support the learning process and allow for students to thrive.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Department of Buildings and Grounds to always provide exceptional service and constantly improve our facilities to support student success.

Asbestos Management Plan

In October 1986 the U.S. Congress enacted the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). Under this law, comprehensive regulations were developed to address asbestos problems in public and private elementary and secondary schools. These regulations require all schools to inspect for friable and non-friable asbestos, develop asbestos management plans that address asbestos hazards in school buildings and implement response actions in a timely manner.

The Buildings and Grounds Department maintains an asbestos management plan for each campus as required by law. Plans are kept in the Building Foreman’s Office at each campus along with the Buildings and Grounds Department Office located at the Rich East campus. The plans are available for review by the public upon a 48 hour notification to the school district.

Safety Data Sheets

Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for all chemicals used and stored by the Buildings and Grounds Department are kept on hand in the Buildings and Grounds Department office along with at each campus. These sheets are kept for the purposes of review by staff members and first responders. The SDS includes information such as the properties of each chemical; the physical, health, and environmental health hazards, protective measures, and safety precautions for handling. SDS booklets are updated annually and available to the public within 48 hours of a request.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Integrated Pest Management emphasizes inspections and communication with the school administration and stakeholders. The focus of the program is to identify and eliminate conditions in and around the school which could cause pests to be a problem. Applications of pest control materials are made only when necessary.

District 227’s IPM process includes the application of herbicides and pesticides in and around the campus. All personnel responsible for pesticide application are certified through the State of Illinois. Notifications are posted on campus entry ways and on the District website three (3) days in advance to any pesticide application.

Parents and guardians of a student may request to receive a written notice before any pesticide or insecticide is used in a school building or on school grounds.

Parents or guardians requesting written notice must submit such request in writing to:

Kevin Baffoe
Director of Buildings and Grounds
Rich Township High School District 227
300 Sauk Trail, Park Forest, Illinois 60466

Facility Usage

An organization is eligible to use District 227 facilities upon approval of its written application to the Director of Buildings and Grounds, at a fee to be determined in conformity with Board of Education policy. All facility use applications are considered on a first come, first served basis and District 227 reserves the right to reject a request from any person or organization when it is believed the rental would not be in the best interests of the district. Student based events usurp the request of any outside organization for facility usage. Applications for facility rental can be filled out on the District electronic facility rental page found at
https://il14.mlschedules.com/Login.aspx.

Contact Information

 
Kevin Baffoe
Director of Buildings & Grounds
300 Sauk Trail
Park Forest, Illinois 60466
708-679-6120
 
 
Karen Cole
Secretary to the Director of
Buildings & Grounds
708-679-6119
 
 
 
Sam Dixon
Rich Central Foreman
(708) 679-5798
 
 

Louis Curry
Rich East Foreman
(708) 679-6125

 

Mary Grillo 
Rich South Foreman
(708) 679-3094

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