Director of Maintenance and Operations Academy

2024 Registration is Now Open!

Note:  For 2023, the last session of the academy will be in person at our Fairfield, CA location, and the remainder of the classes will be 100% online. Students have the option of attending the last session online if they desire to do so. The program features live online instruction as well as a few select self-paced classes.
Remaining Class Schedule for 2023 (8 am to 3 pm PST)
  • December 7, 8

Class Schedule for 2024

(Friday 09:00 AM – 03:00 PM PST, Saturday 08:00 AM – 03:00 PM PST)

  • February 9th & 10th
  • March 8th & 9th
  • April 5th & 6th
  • May 10th & 11th
  • June 7th & 8th
  • September 5th & 6th
  • October 4th & 5th
  • November 1st & 2nd
A complete curriculum called the Director of Maintenance and Operations Academy has been developed to give seasoned maintenance and operations directors new skills or improve their current ones. This 8-month academy, developed by experienced school district maintenance and operations supervisors, school administrators, and other school leaders, consists of a broad base of education and training in the classroom setting, online with both synchronous and asynchronous instruction, and by practical application. The academy will provide participants the chance to broaden their skill set in a tough yet supportive setting that emphasizes industry best practices. Specialized assignments and class projects are completed both alone and in small groups. Participants who finish the course satisfactorily will be awarded a TSS Director of Maintenance and Operations Certificate.
Topics Covered During Academy
  • The Importance of School Maintenance
  • Preventative and Deferred Maintenance
  • Maintenance Standards, Quality Assurance
  • Master Facility Planning
  • Opening and Closing of Schools
  • Transportation
  • Photovoltaic Systems
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Hazardous Materials and Toxins
  • Construction Finance and Management
  • Budget and Finance
  • Personnel Administration and Human Resources
  • Supervision
  • Purchasing
  • Community, District Relations, and Customer Service
  • Public Speaking and Board Presentations
  • Risk Management
  • Leadership
  • Operations
  • Food Service
  • Business Writing and Communications
  • Technology and Information Systems
The participants will be able to:
  1. Acknowledge how and why maintaining a good school is one of the most crucial factors in ensuring student success.
  2. Become knowledgeable and develop the skills necessary to be a successful maintenance and operations director.
  3. Identify best practices for school districts in areas such as construction, financial management, budgeting, and other crucial ones for a successful maintenance and operations director.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge and skills needed to be an effective leader and supervisor for a school district.
  5. Build a strong relationship with district stakeholders and be mindful of and adept at implementing techniques to foster positive relationships across districts and the community.
  6. Enhance each director of maintenance’s skill set in areas where they are lacking, while enhancing their strengths.
  1. Attendance and Participation –Participants are expected to attend and contribute to all sessions and must attend all classes in order to receive the certificate. If an emergency arises, one session may be made-up by writing an academic paper pre-approved by the program’s instructor or other agreed make-up assignments.
  2. Group Projects – The students will take part in a variety of group projects in class. Students may be required to take on many tasks during these group projects, such as facilitator, scribe, group leader, etc.
  3. Presentation – Participants are required to present a 45-minute PowerPoint presentation. One Topic will be chosen by the student and another by the instructor.  Student-chosen presentation topics must also be approved by the instructor.
  4. Practicum/Project – Participants will select an appropriate practicum which will be due by the end of the course. The practicum can be a variety of activities, including taking on a needed District project or a specific interview with an experienced M&O director, architect, construction manager, etc.  The practicum topic/project must be agreed to by the instructor.
  5. Other Assignments – Other assignments will be given on a variety of topics with the goal of honing the skills of the class participant.
  6. Assessments – To gauge learning, evaluations will be conducted on a regular basis. A final test marks the end of the academy and passing it is a requirement for graduation.

Course Curriculum

The Importance Of School Maintenance
M&O Pre-Assessment 7 days
Introduction and the Importance of School Maintenance 00:00:00
Grand Jury Assignment 30, 00:00
M+O Academy Week 1 Quiz Unlimited
Preventative and Deferred Maintenance
Maintenance Planning 00:00:00
Deferred Maintenance Plan Assignment 30, 00:00
Maintenance Standards and Staffing
Maintenance Standards and Staffing 00:00:00
M&O: Staffing Exercise 30, 00:00
M+O Week 2 Quiz Unlimited
M&O: Operations – Custodial 00:00:00
MEMO Summer Vacation & Cleaning 00:00:00
COVID Review 00:00:00
Operations Quiz Unlimited
Opening and Closing Schools
M&O: Opening and Closing of Schools, Furniture and Equipment Replacement 00:00:00
Quiz on Furniture Disposal, School Closure & Areas of Concern (Force Account, OSHA/OCR Inspections Unlimited
Hazardous Materials and Toxins
M&O: Hazards, Toxins and Disaster Preparedness 00:00:00
Quiz on Hazards, Toxins & Disaster Preparedness Unlimited
M+O School Guide 00:00:00
M&O Grounds 00:00:00
Photovoltaic Systems
M&O: Solar Asset Management 00:00:00
Quiz on Solar (Photo-Voltaic) Presentation Unlimited
8th September 2023 Maintenance and Operations Video – Part 1 00:00:00
Master Facility Planning
IR A-22 DSA Exemptions 00:00:00
Facilities Master Plan 00:00:00
The FMP Process Presentation 00:00:00
Facilities Master Planning and Project Process Quiz Unlimited
Food Service
M&O: Food Service 00:00:00
13th October 2023 Maintenance and Operations Video – Part 1 00:00:00
Integrated Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management 00:00:00
Healthy School Act Links 00:00:00
HSA Factsheet 00:00:00
HSA Compliance Childcare Packet 00:00:00
IPM Quiz Unlimited
Supervision & Frisk 00:00:00
FRISK Sample Letters 00:00:00
Supervision & FRISK Quiz Unlimited
FRISK 00:00:00
14th October 2023 Maintenance and Operations Video 00:00:00
Public Speaking and Board Presentations
M&O Public Speaking and Board Presentations 00:00:00
Presentation Topic (PowerPoint) 365, 00:00
Public Speaking Powerpoint 00:00:00
M&O Practicum/Project 150, 00:00
M+O Public Speaking Quiz Unlimited
Technology and Information Systems
Technology & Information System 00:00:00
M+O Technology Quiz Unlimited
9th September 2023 Maintenance and Operations Video – Part 1 00:00:00
Customer Service
Customer Service 00:00:00
Customer Service Quiz Unlimited
Budget and Finance
Budget & Finance 00:00:00
Director’s Role in the Budget Process Handout 00:00:00
Budget and Finance Quiz Unlimited
Risk Management
Risk Management 00:00:00
Risk Management Workshop 00:00:00
M+O Risk Management Quiz Unlimited
Overview of Insurance 00:00:00
Overview of Insurance and Self Insurance Programs 00:00:00
Insurance and Self Insurance Quiz 1 year
Business Writing and Communication
Essentials of Professional Writing 00:00:00
Essentials Of Writing Quiz Unlimited
9th September 2023 Maintenance and Operations Video – Part 2 00:00:00
Personnel Administration and Human Resources
Personnel Administration & Human Resources 00:00:00
Human Resources Best Practices 2022 Presentation 00:00:00
Progressive Discipline Activity 2022 00:00:00
HR Supplemental Handouts 00:00:00
HR Progressive Discipline Activity 00:00:00
M&O HR Quiz Unlimited
19th May 2023 Combined Academy Video 00:00:00
Transportation for M&O Directors 00:00:00
Transportation Powerpoint 2022 00:00:00
M+O Transportation Quiz Unlimited
Transportation Services 00:00:00
4th November 2023 Maintenance and Operations Video 00:00:00
Construction Finance and Management
Construction Finance & Management 00:00:00
Delivery Methods Quiz Unlimited
3rd November 2023 Maintenance and Operations Video 00:00:00
Community, District Relations and Customer Service
Effective Leadership in an Everchanging Landscape 00:00:00
8th September 2023 Maintenance and Operations Video – Part 2 00:00:00
13th October 2023 Maintenance and Operations Video – Part 2 00:00:00
Special Education
Special Education and Stress Management For M&O 00:00:00
Emergency Plan 00:00:00
M&O Special Education Quiz Unlimited
Final Exam
Sample Interview Questions 00:00:00
Director of Maintenance and Operations Final Exam 02:00:00
“The Principalship – Speaking from Experience” Unlimited
Director of M+O Academy Final Session Powerpoint 00:00:00

Course Reviews


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  1. Giving Me The Tools I Need To Succeed!


    Total School Solutions Maintenance and Operations Training gave me a deeper understanding of things I face on a day to day basis. As a fairly new director, I was given valuable information to help me grow in areas such as budgets, construction, bond allocations, employee evaluations and discipline, preventative maintenance, staffing needs, and many others. There were several guest presenters that brought with them a vast array of knowledge and skills that I will find useful well into the future. Thank you for the jump start on my new career!

    Robert Dias, Jr.
    MOT Director
    Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary School District

    Robert Dias, Jr.
  2. 5

    As a first-time M&O director, I appreciate the real-time information that we receive in the back-to-back training sessions. Twenty three M&O directors from all around the State of California meet in a classroom for two days at-a-time and exchange experiences with issues, problems, and things that go right for us. Some of us are new to our positions and some have been doing this for many years. Everyone brings with them a set of experiences that others find very useful. The instructors have vast knowledge of the field and they, together with the guest speakers they bring in, provide the group with information that is new to almost all of us. Every class session I hear someone say “I can’t wait to get back and try that in my district”. I’m finding the program to be very worthwhile. It’s certainly making us aware of all the regulation items that we’re not doing and should be doing.

    Bruce Wilke
    Director-Maintenance, Operations, & Facilities
    Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District

    Bruce Wilke
  3. 5

    I have worked in the Facilities Department for twenty-four years and was recently promoted to our District’s Director of Maintenance Operations and Transportation. The comradery and relationships formed in these highly informative and valuable sessions are going to last well beyond the classes themselves. I have obtained so much insight and information from the leadership and skilled presenters brought in for our sessions that I would not have had otherwise.

    I completely recommend this program and know that anyone attending would benefit from the treasure-trove of information and years of experience these sessions bring to the group of attendees. You will not be disappointed – I urge you to enroll now.


    Director of Maintenance Operations and Transportation
    Ocean View School District

    Bob J. Brown
  4. 5

    I am excited to recommend the Total School Solutions – Director of Maintenance & Operations class! TSS is paving the way in providing training for District Management. TSS covered a wide variety of topics from Maintenance and Operations, to Technology and Transportation.

    The class is very interactive and the round table discussions provided answers to a host of challenging questions. The camaraderie and networking with my fellow classmates will last a lifetime. I am very excited to move forward in my career with the knowledge and expertise I have received from this course.

    Thank you,

    Darren Fort
    SCESD Maintenance Supervisor

    Darren Fort
  5. Great Tool


    The Maintenance and Operations academy at Total School Solutions is a great tool for all those interested in a lead position in this department. It is a well organized curriculum with speakers from different departments across the state related to the operation of the school district. I learned about the many agencies and compliance requirements for this department and gave me the confidence to consider applying for a director position.

    Not only did I have a great learning experience, I also built a great relationship, and I have the support of my cohort when a new challenge comes up.

    Yuriana Torres
    Operations and Facilities Planning
    Richland School District

    Yuriana Torres
  6. Director of Maintenance and Operations Academy


    Excellent program. Provides the tools needed to excel at your district. Very supportive teachers.

    Raul Fregozo
  7. Maintenance and Operations course


    Great Class!!! If you’re looking to grow within your district or have a better idea of the challenges, you’re current Director, Facilities Team and CBO face take this class. You will be given the tools you need to succeed in your current of future position. The class will also open opportunity to other positions in district you may not have thought about taking. Brent G

    Brent Goodman
  8. M/O Class


    A lot of knowledge taught that you cannot learn on your own.
    A very friendly and helpful staff thanks for everything.

    Jeremy Conti
  9. Awesome program


    This academy was awesome. The ten month program was very knowable, the instructors Joe and David were very thorough and clear on all the materials they went over with us. I have learned a lot from attending this program. I’m already incorporating things that I learned into my district and my day to day routine. I recommend this academy to anyone who wants to gain knowledge on M&O directors and district procedures.

    Eric Moreno
  10. M&O Certification Course was superb


    David and Joe were excellent instructors. Information provided during the year long course will be valuable for years to come. Course is highly recommended for anyone in the field.

    Shelly Dearinger, Director of Instructional Facilities, Risk Management, and Safety
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