The Kingsport City Schools Maintenance & Custodial Department is made up of 17 employees, an office assistant, a Custodial Field Supervisor, and a Supervisor of Maintenance & Custodians. They have 65 custodians that, on average, maintain over 23,000 square feet each. The Maintenance Department has 14 schools and the Administrative Support Center (central office) to maintain. They take care of 1,500,000 square feet; maintain 150 acres, service over 900 HVAC units, and address over 5,000 work orders during a school year.
Bill Shedden, Supervisor of Maintenance and Custodians, was recently awarded the 2018-2019 Tennessee School Plant Manager of the year award, being only the second person in the state of Tennessee to have won the state and national awards. In addition, Sheddan has been awarded the National School Plant Manager of the Year Award in 2013, and was on the Board of Directors for the National School Plant Management Association for three years. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee School Plant Management Association for 11 years and the only person to have served as President of the Tennessee School Plant Management Association for four straight years. He maintains a close relationship with the state fire marshal’s office, and has had TOSHA training, as well as being a recent graduate of the Pal’s Business Excellence Institute. Sheddan earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a major in business and a minor in economics.
They have a great work force to address issues such as HVAC, electrical, door/lock security, flooring, refrigeration, carpentry, painting, roofing and energy savings. The Custodial Field Supervisor is certified in playground inspections, and he is dedicated to purchasing the best products and teaching the best methods to keep Kingsport City Schools clean.