It has been an interesting year for facilities management teams across the country—especially those working in K-12. To better understand the impact of COVID-19 on K-12 facility management teams and the unique challenges the 2021-2022 school year will bring, FMX surveyed over 100 K-12 facility management professionals to hear what they had to say.

In this report, you will learn:

  • Lessons learned in the past year
  • Impacts of COVID-19 on district budgets
  • Valuable metrics K-12 districts will be reporting on this year
  • Guidance moving into the future of K-12 operations

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Efforts doubled toward health & safety.

Hands down, the number one goal for facility management teams over the 2020-2021 school year was ensuring the health and safety of its students and staff. In fact, 80% of K-12 facilities management teams said student and staff health and safety was the primary goal over the past 12 months. This is 2.3X higher than any other goal.

Stat graphic: What was your facility management team's primary goal this past year? 80% student health and safety. 32% reducing reactive maintenance. 32% decreasing maintenance costs. 17% streamlining the event process. 4% increasing revenue. 8% other.

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65% of districts increased their budget this past year.

Despite a changing economic landscape, most districts saw an increase in their operating budgets as they fought against the COVID-19 virus. Over 65% of K-12 facilities managers surveyed say that their budget increased due to COVID-19.

Stat graphic: what impact did COVID-19 have on your districts budget? 50.8% significant increase in budget. 14.3% slight increase in budget. 10.3% no change in budget. 7.9% slight decrease in budget. 3.9% significant decrease in budget. 12.7% other.

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The coming school year will bring new challenges.

With the current school year coming to a close, faculty and staff look ahead to what challenges await. Uncertainty, staff and budget reductions, staff and student safety, and finding a new normal seem to be at the forefront.

Stat graphic: what's the top challenge your team will face moving into the 2021 school year? 22% student and staff health and safety. 18% returning to normal operations. 17% staffing. 10% limited budget or cutting costs. 7% tracking technology. 7% implementing new maintenance software. 4% staff training. 4% preparing for influx of students on campus. 3% space constraints. 3% student enrollment. 3% student achievement and success. 2% becoming more proactive.

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Discover strategies, metrics, and tools.

Read the full 2021 State of Maintenance Report for more industry insights.

  • What are the most important metrics schools will tracking?
  • What strategies are schools taking into the coming year?
  • What tools are helpful in achieving their goals?

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FMX is a leading provider of facilities management software for K-12 schools. Built by K-12 facility managers just like you, FMX allows your team to coordinate with the rest of the organization, demonstrate how your team is performing, and reveal blind spots you may have missed to maximize your resources.

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