Presidents Message

September 2018 – President’s message:

Welcome to the Mass Facilities Administrators Association Website.  Please look around the site.  If your job involves leading efforts to maintain public facilities [municipal or schools – or both] you should come to a monthly meeting and see how your peers can help simplify your job through our professional organization.

If you are a member, welcome to another school year!  Likely your Summer Projects are complete, the unexpected events were successfully dealt with and new work orders are just starting to mount up. There is security in knowing as each work order is closed out, more will come in.  Our resource documents and message board will help you get more done – in less time! Take time to leave the office and go to a meeting to get to know other people doing the same job you are – just in a different place.  It is a wise use of technology to put the meetings on your calendar as time spent for ‘Professional Development’.  Our reasonable dues make the lunch meetings a real deal.  Pay your dues – go to all MFAA ‘Lunch & Learn’ professional development events usually for free!

To really learn more, and get some relief, come to the Fall Conference / Expo.   We have again partnered with Procurement Professionals to put on another tremendous event.   Call to reserve – October 16, 17 and 18th in Hyannis.  Our theme this year covers:  leadership, procurement, energy, plus building and construction. We are offering an early session on school safety and security.  See the information on our home page, or under ‘Special Events’ on the site header, or the link under ‘Popular Events’ on the lower right of the webpage.

This should be my final Presidents Message.  It has been a privilege to serve the past two years with a committed board delivering regulatory training and experienced advice on the various issues we all face.  At this even-year Fall Conference, the gavel will be passed to Wayne Miller, our current VP.

I recall joining the Executive Committee as Secretary.  I stayed there for a few two-year terms, because doing the communications seemed important.  Writing the minutes of meetings and summarizing tech talks given by meeting speakers was just a few hours extra effort per month. The office provided opportunity to meet many people – regulators, industry leaders, SBA administrators and many of our members.  The ‘free lunches’ are a reality; one merely needs to publish attendance and meeting summaries to get more…We hope to see a contest for this position, because our Members understand the value of volunteering.  Perhaps you will express your interest at the September 21 meeting in Worcester [MHEC is again sponsoring us at their Expo of ‘Contract Vendors’].

As Vice-President, the next step on the road I took, finding speakers or filling meeting/event agendas was eased with the support of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. The few occasions where I was called on to run a meeting for the President were good practice for the job I’ll be passing along to our current VP.  The relatively new position of Executive Director has greatly lightened the load for each of the elected officers.   However, their jobs remain vital to the success of our organization.  Two years from now I’ll be looking for you to fill an office!

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. If you have any questions about our organization and are interested in obtaining membership, please don’t hesitate to contact me, our Executive Director, or Wayne Miller CFA, current Vice-President.

Alan Peterson , CFA
Deputy Superintendent for Hanover Facilities
Hanover, MA
MFAA President

The MFAA is a community of more than 140 facility directors that provide services for municipal and public K-12 schools in Massachusetts. Our organization has been providing support, networking, and professional development opportunities to members and is now entering its 45th year. Through the sharing of knowledge and resources, we can better serve our communities. The results can – and should be – measured by the performance of both our staff and the facilities we operate. Our members take great pride in providing a safe, healthy, and sustainable learning environment for the staff, students and community members who use the buildings that we maintain.