Buildings and Grounds

Henry Sibley Boys in Art Room Picture The School District 197 Buildings and Grounds Office is committed to providing students and staff with a safe, clean and comfortable environment. 

The Buildings and Grounds Office oversees the management of new construction, building renovations and maintenance of building envelopes and mechanical systems for the district's eight school buildings and transportation facility.

The district's 964,972 square feet is cleaned and maintained by a caring and dedicated custodial and maintenance staff. The department also maintains approximately 200 acres of grounds throughout the district with a dedicated grounds maintenance staff. Duties of the grounds staff include landscape projects, athletic field maintenance and snow removal. 

Other areas of responsibility within the department include Health and Safety management, which includes OSHA compliance, indoor air quality, asbestos management, fire and security systems.


Mark Fortman, Director of Operations 
Office: 651-403-7326 | Cell: 651-755-1490 | 
- Child Nutrition
- Buildings and Grounds
- Transportation

Mark Fenton, Facilities Manager/Health and Safety 
Office: 651-403-7325 | Cell: 651-755-1492 | 
- Health and Safety
- OSHA Compliance
- Asbestos Management
- Indoor/Outdoor air quality
- Building Safety
- Fire/Life Safety
- Security
- Buildings and Grounds Department 
- Custodial Services  
- Building Maintenance 
- Grounds Department

Matt Grosjean, Grounds Foreman
Office: 651-450-7826 | Cell: 419-559-1218 |
- Landscape
- Athletic Field Maintenance
- Parking lot Maintenance
- Playground inspection/maintenance
- Mowing
- Snow Plowing/removal

Maureen Winge, Facilities Technician 
Office: 651-403-7375 | Cell: 651-755-1486 | 
- Building Security
- Access Cards
- Security codes
- Cameras
- Substitute custodial staffing
- Facility Schedule coverage
- Custodial Overtime/building coverage
- Buildings and Grounds staff emergency information

Lisa Johnson, Sustainability Manager 
Office: 651-403-7324 | | webpage
- LIVEGREEN sustainability program
- Recycling
- Organics and composting
- Trash
- District Utilities

Tate Haynes, Maintenance Supervisor
651-755-2073 |
- Building maintenance

The Buildings and Grounds Office is part of School District 197’s Operations Department, which also oversees the offices of Child NutritionSustainabilityTransportation and School Safety.