Welcome to the Muhlenberg School District Buildings, Grounds and Transportation page. We are proud to play what we believe is an important role in support of the educational process for our students and ultimately, the mission of the district. A commonly asked question is, "Who are we?" Quite simply, we are buildings, grounds, and transportation. As such, we:
- maintain all our buildings, both mechanically and from a custodial perspective
- maintain all district grounds
- schedule and provide vehicles used to transport our students to and from school on a daily basis, as well as to all school sanctioned activities, functions, and athletic events.
Our office is located at the Administration Building, 801 Bellevue Avenue, Reading, PA 19605. We can be contacted at 610-921-8000, ext. 1241 for Buildings & Grounds and 610-921-8000, ext. 5532 for Transportation.
Ken Patterson - Director of Physical Plant
Kevin Vanino - Director of Transportation and Data Administrator x5517
Nick Gehringer - Maintenance Supervisor
Marc Wolfe - Building Services Supervisor
Transportation Secretary - x5532
Beth Wentzel - Secretary
The maintenance department is staffed by four full-time mechanics, with expertise in all maintenance trades. Typical duties include the maintenance and repair of all facilities, as well as involvement in minor construction projects. Fabrication, movement and installation of various pieces of equipment and cabinetwork are also commonplace.
The grounds crew consists of four full-time outside custodians. Daily duties include all work necessary to maintain school district grounds. Seasonal work ranges from mowing grass and athletic field preparation in the warmer months to snow removal in the winter, as well as equipment repairs/maintenance. Movement of all materials and landscaping work are also handled by these personnel.
The custodial department is staffed by 35 full-time employees. We strive to provide the safest, most attractive, and cleanest environment for our students, staff, parents, and community. We work year round, during the summer, during the day and evening on school days, as well as on weekends.
We supply support services for our students, staff, and the Muhlenberg community as a whole. For more information about use of our facilities by outside groups, you may contact the Buildings and Grounds office at 610-921-8000, ext. 1241.
Every day, the Muhlenberg School District: transports nearly 3,503 students from within the 12 square miles of the District on 32 school buses and school vehicles to 21 schools for students residing in the Muhlenberg School District. Every year, Muhlenberg School District vehicles travel 58,724 miles (94,507 km), equivalent to driving around the Earth approximately 2.35 times! On the other hand, nearly ¼ the distance to the moon!
Muhlenberg School District takes a two-part approach to Energy Management. The first part deals with the purchasing of our two biggest utilities, Electric Power and Natural Gas. Muhlenberg School District partners with Provident Energy and BCIU to make sure our Electric Power and Natural Gas is being procured at competitive rates. The second part deals with Energy Conservation. Through the use of our Building Automation Systems and the education of our staff on the benefits of energy conservation and how they can do their part, Muhlenberg School District can reduce our overall energy consumption. Energy Management continues to be a big part of Muhlenberg School District's overall startegy of fiscal responsibility.