Blue Valley School District, Overland Park, KS
In 2000, Blue Valley School District (BVSD) launched an IAQ management program to address increased parent interest in environmental issues, counter the risks of a public relations disaster like the one that occurred when a neighboring district closed a school for IAQ problems, and ensure outstanding learning environments for their students. BVSD created an interdisciplinary IAQ team that includes design and construction, safety, energy, operations and maintenance and custodial functions. A designated IAQ coordinator leads the team, and everyone in the district knows he is the ‘go to guy’ for IAQ. The team also includes an executive-level leader who relays the team’s goals and investment needs to the district’s strategic planning committee.
“Before adopting IAQ Tools for Schools, we had a lot of successful, but…unrelated pieces in place for managing our environments… IAQ Tools for Schools gave us a framework for organizing; it provided the comprehensive approach we needed…to pull it all together, strengthen our existing practices…and get more out of our work.” Dave Hill, Executive Director, BVSD Facilities and Operations