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Anthony Archuleta garners Maintenance Achievement Award

By Jennifer Garcia

It’s no secret that the Los Alamos Public School district is one of the best not only in the state, but also in the country. However, it may not be so obvious that this status doesn’t just apply to the students, but to the faculty as well.
Recently, LAPS maintenance worker Anthony Archuleta received the 2010 Ben Luján Maintenance Achievement Award for his role in establishing the Preventative Maintenance program for the Los Alamos School District.
According to a memo released by LAPS, “the award is given out by Speaker of the House Ben Luján and the New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority. It is named in honor of Ben Luján for his many years of support of public education.”
LAPS Facilities Coordinator Jeff Sargent said that Archuleta “would set times and dates in his head and on his calendar for times when specific types of work needed to be done, as well as for the frequency of when it would be done.”
Archuleta’s work included filter changes, belt inspections, smoke detector inspections and various other duties.
“This was very helpful when it came to creating schedules and timelines for preventative maintenance,” Sargent said.
In addition, the facilities department earned a Silver award for their part in maintenance achievement for the school district.
“This was and continues to be a joint effort from the secretarial staff who process and enter the work orders that have been completed, down to each person or trade that does the work of completing the work order,” Sargent said.
He said the work-order system helps coordinate the work of maintenance and preventative maintenance and the state is able to retrieve data from this system for evaluation among other districts in the state.
“Quality and pride in the work accomplished by the personnel has been observed by the Public School Facility Authority and as a result, we have been given this award,” Sargent said.
“Studies and research indicate that a safe and effective learning environment can represent up to a full letter grade in improved learning,” Luján said. “You have the responsibility for helping your schools achieve the improved learning that comes from better school facilities. So I am pleased to recognize the men and women who have the highest achievement in this important mission for effective schools.”