Exceptional Facilities Management Acknowledged by WASBO

Congratulations to Jeremiah Johnson!!


The Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials (WASBO) recently announced the 2016 School Facilities Manager of the Year Award winner as Jeremiah Johnson, Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds for Muskego Norway School District. Johnson will be recognized for this achievement during the WASBO Spring Conference on Friday, May 27, 2016.

Recipients of the School Facilities Manager of the Year Award must meet several criteria in the areas of outstanding contributions to their local school district and community, to the school facilities manager profession, and to WASBO. Johnson has been a presenter and Facility Manager/School Risk Manager designation recipient for WASBO. He has also exemplified a commitment to the profession through his involvement and regional leadership of the Southeast Wisconsin Metro Buildings and Grounds Group and has served on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators Association.

Jeremiah has had many achievements since beginning his work with the Muskego Norway School District, starting as a sub custodian in 2001 and growing into his current position as Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds. He consistently seeks to improve his department, using stakeholder feedback through data-driven methods. Johnson has developed an app to monitor quality and safety; implemented visitor management software at all schools; helped reduce workplace injuries by 50%; and contributed to saving the district $4 million in utility costs. In addition, since 2006 every school in the district received the EPA Energystar designation. Beyond these accomplishments, Jeremiah is also known for his style of leadership. Bryan Groshek, District Operations Manager, nominated Johnson, saying, “he’s one of the most honest and genuine people I’ve ever known. Although character isn’t necessarily one of the selection criteria, I believe that his character contributes to his excellent leadership style.”

Under the leadership of Jeremiah Johnson, the Muskego Norway School District is a safer and more secure district. His efforts to continuously improve his department and work with employees to forward the district’s mission have earned Jeremiah this recognition. Dr. Kelly Thompson, Superintendent, supported his nomination, stating, “Jeremiah’s sound leadership through the Master Planning process has been invaluable.” Jeff Petersen, Assistant Superintendent for Continuous Improvement, also recommended Johnson, saying, “his ideas are unique, work ethic unmatched, relational skills strong and resulting impact tremendous, not only to the operations department but also student learning.” The district is closer to its vision because of Jeremiah Johnson’s commitment to his profession, the Muskego Norway School District, and the community.

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