Buildings & Grounds

Pilot Knob Common Area


Mark Fortman
Director of Operations 
Office: 651-403-7326
Cell: 651-755-1490 | 

Geno Mazzali
Assistant Director of Operations 
Office: 651-403-7325
Cell: 651-285-1121

Matt Grosjean
Grounds Foreman
Office: 651-450-7826
Cell: 419-559-1218 |

Karla Rapp
Facilities Technician 
Office: 651-403-7375

Meghan Bernard
Sustainability Manager 
Office: 651-403-7324 | 

Tate Haynes
Maintenance Supervisor
651-755-2073 |

The School District 197 Buildings and Grounds Department is committed to providing students and staff with a safe, clean, and comfortable environment. The Buildings and Grounds Department 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, and fire and security systems.

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

Health and Safety Initiatives