When it comes to guarding taxpayer investment in our school buildings, grounds, and equipment, the Glens Falls Operations and Maintenance staff members are on the front lines. Ingenuity and agility are key to success in this line of service—and maintenance supervisor Wayne MacDuff is no stranger to either.
He has been known to read product manuals on the weekend, research videos on boilers, and fabricate replacement parts for equipment that’s so old, no easy fixes exist. He and fellow maintenance team member Mark Bedeaux have custom-built Chromebook countertops for the library and remodeled areas from the High School’s Maker Space to the Middle School’s attendance office. And Mr. MacDuff does it “to help create a fun and safe atmosphere in all our buildings.”
“You can often see Wayne in the buildings all hours of the day and night working hard to ensure a safe environment is created for all,” says facilities and transportation director Ken Chester. “Recently Wayne came in early on a Saturday morning to tackle a difficult project. I was impressed with his ‘can do’ attitude. He not only completed the job with a smile on his face, but kept me laughing the whole time!”
“You can never plan on doing the same thing day after day because there are always different things that need to be done,” Mr. MacDuff says. “That makes it exciting each day to see what's ahead.”
His job as maintenance supervisor involves overseeing and planning jobs for the facilities and grounds department, working with the director to plan out the work schedule around the district based on requests and preventative maintenance. The varying work orders cover everything from decades-old equipment to the latest electronics.
“Education has evolved from my point of view through the technology available for the students to learn, ranging from smart boards to tablets to the new interactive televisions we are starting to install,” says Mr. MacDuff.
The maintenance department works hand in hand with the IT department on various projects and tasks throughout the school year—projects that have increased in size and complexity as the district’s technology capacity expands. “Wayne is crucial to this process,” says data and network analyst Steve Spory. “He is always willing to come in before dawn and work until after sunset to make sure the job is done well, and is on schedule."
“Wayne is helpful, dependable, and incredibly hard working,” says Mr. Chester. “Beyond that, he is an impressive problem solver who is always able to address complex issues with strategy and confidence.”
Mr. MacDuff grew up locally, having graduated from Hudson Falls High School. He has served at Glens Falls City School District since the spring of 2001. When he’s able to enjoy downtime, he spends time with his family at dirt track races and rides his motorcycle with his wife.