Facilities maintenance management practices in large public schools, Texas Academic Article uri icon


  • Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present previous studies and reports which have shown that most school buildings in the USA suffer from inadequate physical conditions. As American school buildings become “older”, it is essential for every school district to have an effective facilities maintenance management plan of its facilities. Therefore, the main purpose of this study is to identify and analyze how facilities maintenance is planned, managed and carried out by large public schools in the State of Texas, USA. Design/methodology/approach – Guidelines taken from the literature drove the development of a survey questionnaire, which was sent to 320 school facilities managers from four major metropolitan areas in Texas. Elementary, middle and high schools with enrollments of 750 students or more were selected from the Texas Education Agency's web site. The responses were received in a secure database established at an online web site, where participants' identities were kept confidential. Findings – The overall findings of this research indicate a poor quality of facilities maintenance management practices exists in large public schools in Texas. Nevertheless, the study also found that schools following the guidelines set by the US Department of Education tend to have comparatively more detailed and contemporary information about their facility's condition. As a result, these schools are able to predict the projected needs of the school, including its maintenance needs. Originality/value – The results of this study can be adapted and used by any public school that would like to provide high-quality school facilities for healthy and supportive teaching and learning environments. © 2009, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

author list (cited authors)

  • Lavy, S., & Bilbo, D. L.

citation count

  • 32

publication date

  • January 2009