Hundreds of Facilities Services employees celebrated the start of the new school year at a ‘Welcome Back’ event hosted by HISD Facilities Officer Brian Busby and his management team.
“We wanted to say ‘thank you’ for the effort you put in over the summer and throughout the year to ensure our schools are ready and safe for the kids,” Busby told the group. “There is no amount of letters, notes, awards or trophies I could present that could adequately express my appreciation for what you achieve each year, year after year. We always pull together as a team and get the job done.”
The event was held Tuesday at staggered times throughout the day to accommodate the large group, which included custodians and plant operators, as well as staff from facilities maintenance, security maintenance, business services, and grounds. The employees were treated to refreshments and had the opportunity to visit with colleagues and ask questions.
Busby used the occasion to discuss the strategic vision of the department and its culture of teamwork and accountability.
“I hope to instill the mindset throughout our division that we are all accountable, and we’re all in this together,” Busby said. “The bottom line is: It’s all about the kids. If it’s not kid-driven, then it will not be done.”