2023 Registration Now Open!

Note:  For 2023, the last session of the academy will be in person at our Fairfield, CA location, the remainder of the classes will be 100% on-line.  Students have the option of attending the last session online if they desire to do so. The program features live on-line instruction as well a few select self-paced classes.

Class Schedule for 2023 (8am to 3pm)

  • January 20, 21
  • February 10, 11
  • March 10, 11
  • April 14, 15
  • May 12, 13
  • September 8, 9
  • October 13, 14
  • November 3, 4

Class Schedule for 2022 (8am to 3pm)

  • September 16, 17
  • October 14, 15
  • November 18, 19
  • December 9, 10

The TSS Director of Maintenance and Operations Academy has been created as a comprehensive program designed to produce new or improve the existing skills of experienced maintenance and operations directors.  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 that occurs both in the classroom setting, online with both synchronous and asynchronous instruction, and by practical application.  The academy will provide an opportunity for participants to expand their skill-set in a challenging yet encouraging environment which emphasized industry best practices.  Specialized assignments and class projects are done individually and as part of small teams.  Participants who successfully complete the course will be issued 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
Photovoltaic Systems
Integrated Pest Management
Hazardous Materials and Toxins
Construction Finance and Management
Budget and Finance
Personnel Administration and Human Resources
Community, District Relations and Customer Service
Public Speaking and Board Presentations
Risk Management
Food Service
Business Writing and Communications
Technology and Information Systems


The participants will be able to:

  1. Understand how and why good school maintenance is one of the most important variables in achieving student success
  2. Develop skills and knowledge needed to be a successful maintenance and operations director involved with maintenance and operations
  3. Understand best practices for school districts in the areas of maintenance, construction, financial management, budgeting, planning and in other areas pertinent to a successful maintenance and operations director
  4. Demonstrate knowledge and skills needed to be an effective leader and supervisor for a school district
  5. Know and be able to apply strategies to develop good inter-district and community relations in order to establish a positive rapport with district stakeholders
  6. Improve individual directors of maintenance skillsets in areas of weakness, and add to and improve upon existing strengths


  1. Attendance and Participation – Participants are expected to attend and contribute in all sessions and must attend all classes in order to receive the Director of Maintenance and Operations Certificate.   If an emergency arises, one session may be made-up by writing and an academic paper pre-approved by the program’s instructor or other agreed make-up assignment.
  2. Group Projects – There will be various in class group projects that students will participate in. During these group projects students may be asked to act in various roles 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 topic must also be approved by 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 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 – There will be assessments given on a regular basis to measure learning.  The academy concludes with a final exam which must be passed in order to graduate from the program.


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
Master Facility Planning
IR A-22 DSA Exemptions 00:00:00
Facilities Master Plan 00:00:00
The FMP Process Powerpoint 00:00:00
Facilities Master Planning and Project Process Quiz Unlimited
Food Service
M&O: Food Service 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
Public Speaking and Board Presentations
M&O Public Speaking and Board Presentations 00:00:00
Presentation Topic (PowerPoint) 2700, 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
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
Risk Management
Risk Management 00:00:00
Risk Management Quiz 1 year
M+O Risk Management Quiz Unlimited
Business Writing and Communication
Personnel Administration and Human Resources
Personnel Administration & Human Resources 00:00:00
HR Supplemental Handouts 00:00:00
HR Progressive Discipline Activity 00:00:00
M&O HR Quiz Unlimited
Transportation for M&O Directors 00:00:00
Transportation Powerpoint 2022 00:00:00
M+O Transportation Quiz Unlimited
Construction Finance and Management
Construction Finance & Management 00:00:00
Delivery Methods Quiz Unlimited
Community, District Relations and Customer Service
Special Education
Special Education and Stress Management For M&O 00:00:00
Special Education Facility Discussion Summary 00:00
Emergency Plan 00:00:00
M&O Special Education Quiz Unlimited
Final Exam
Sample Interview Questions 00:00:00
Director of M+O Final Session Powerpoint 00:00:00
Director of Maintenance and Operations Final Exam 02:00:00

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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