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April 6, 2022

TRSD’s Robert Smith Wins 2022 State School Facilities Manager of the Year Award

MADISON, WI – The Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials (WASBO) is proud to announce Robert Smith, Director of Buildings & Grounds, Tomorrow River School District (Amherst), is the recipient of the 2022 School Facilities Manager of the Year award. Smith will be recognized at the 75th Annual Spring Conference on May 19-20, 2022, at the Kalahari Convention Center. Smith is the district’s Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds and has been employed by Amherst schools for 10 years.

This award acknowledges the value and need to recognize outstanding school facilities managers in Wisconsin. Smith is being recognized for his tireless and selfless leadership to his district, community, and profession. He is an incredibly active member of both WASBO and the Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators Association (WSSCA). He is a member of WSSCA’s Board of Directors. He also is a member of WASBO’s Facilities Committee, Safety and Risk Committee while being an active mentor to up-and-coming facilities leaders, a near-constant presenter at WASBO conferences, and much more. 

One of the distinguishing remarks from nomination letters received on Robert’s behalf states, “Robert's wisdom, expertise in many areas, professionalism and dedication to the district are only a few of his many qualities. Robert takes pride in all his work and treats his staff with respect every day. He is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and step in wherever needed. This is an example of a great leader. Robert is definitely a team player. Robert wants his crew to grow and learn as professionals. He is always looking for professional development and certification opportunities for his staff. He also organizes, leads, teaches, and trains staff and students in numerous safety areas including ALICE training.”

“I am very humbled and honored to have been nominated and awarded the WASBO Facility Manager of the Year,” Robert says. “I am grateful to all of the people who have taken the time to nominate me. This award means many things to me. First, our maintenance department’s hard work and dedication to our school district has not gone unnoticed. Kudos to all of those who have ever served as part of our maintenance department. Thank you for all that you do or have done for our district. I have a saying that a person should, no matter what the tasks are, always ‘leave it better than what they find it.’ I would like to thank the TRSD administration team, school board and the community for its continued support. Together we have been able to make our school one of the best in the state.”

This honor carries with it a $1,000 cash award, sponsored by Brightly (formerly Dude Solutions) and Stalker Sports Floors, for continuing professional development.

WASBO provides professional development for school business staff, fosters a network of support, and advocates for funding that ensures outstanding educational opportunities for all children in Wisconsin.


Press Contact: Gregg Gutschow, Director of Marketing, Communications and Fundraising
Phone: 715-347-7715. Email: ggutschow@amherst.k12.wi.us