Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in School Business Administration


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Kern, Robert W.


Facility management--New Jersey; School buildings--New Jersey--Maintenance and repair


Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration


The purpose of the study was to a) determine the effectiveness of the current maintenance program at Sterling High School and to b) make changes in the program to promote staff satisfaction, safety of the environment, and fiscal matters. Administrators and staff members were interviewed regarding the program. A random sample of 100 work orders was analyzed to determine repair time, cost per repair, and percentage of return repairs for each of six maintenance categories, including electrical, plumbing, heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC), fire alarms, other mechanical, and interior. It was determined that the HVAC system required the most repair time, most return repairs, and was the most costly. Changes were made in the computerized documentation systems and work responsibility systems within the maintenance department. Administrators discussed other implications of adopting a similar facility maintenance plan and preventative maintenance program. Continued study is required to determine the cost effectiveness of a preventative maintenance program.