Sun, Nov 12, 2017 - Tue, Nov 14, 2017
Miramonte Resort - Palm Springs, CA

The 2017 K12 Facilities Forum was packed full of innovative ideas, bringing together 100 facilities administrators from districts across the nation along with the industry’s leading suppliers. In the heart of the Palm Springs desert, the forum sparked an inspiring cross-pollination of ideas and organic connections.

“Phenomenal event–it makes me happy to network with people that are sharing the same problems, and have more creative solutions than we do sometimes. Even though we’re the biggest school system in the country we don’t always have all the answers,” said John Shea, CEO of the NYC Department of Education.

The relaxed vibe of the Miramonte Resort fit perfectly with the in teractive format of the retreat. Jeremy Trimble, Chief Operations Officer at Eanes ISD, said the venue was “perfect for unscripted unplanned conversations, whether it be at the table, fire pit, or dinner. These spontaneous occurrences helped shape the success of the event.”

“I love the relational aspect and enjoyed numerous conversations with like-minded people,” said Chris Reiersgaard, Executive Director of Springfield Public Schools.

Innovative content including TED-style talks and peer-driven discussions left attendees with no shortage of ideas to bring back to their own district. Suppliers valued quality time with district leaders free of interruptions, which isn’t possible with the standard conference format.

“The connections we made were excellent, all were key influencers. The speakers were very interesting, passionate, and engaging,” said Ron Fenhaus, Vice President of Sales at Action Floor Systems.

Participants left the retreat recharged with fresh approaches to their most pressing challenges, plus a support system of meaningful new relationships.

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From Our Participants
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CEO
NYC Department of Education
“Phenomenal event–it makes me happy to network with people that are sharing the same problems, and have more creative solutions than we do sometimes.”
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Associate Superintendent, Facilities, Construction ​& Support Services
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
"A​ great opportunity to see what other districts are going through and do​ing​ better ​than what we do right now. Coming to this event makes you realize your not alone and you have resources available after the event to call these new connections.''
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Chief Operating Officer
Baltimore City Public Schools​
​"​Excellent! It is a class event. Very informative​ and ​a ​​good choice of vendors. This was like an event for friends.​"​
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Executive Director​ of ​Facilities & Construction Management
Jeffco Public Schools
"​A very good conference that focused on facilities, unlike others I've attended that try to blend curriculum or IT and facilities. The speakers and vendors were ​very ​relevant."​
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Officer for Facilities
Houston ISD
"This was a quality conference that really focused on the issues that COO's face throughout the country in K-12 organizations."
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Director of Facilities Construction & Modernization
San Juan USD
"It was excellent. I loved the one on one with vendors and the relationships that can be established in those."
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Chief Facilities Officer
Recovery School District
"Great experience - relevant topics and collaborative format."
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Chief of Operations
Dallas ISD
"Awesome, impactful, meaningful, and appropriate to what I do on a daily basis. This conference more than any other I've been to is more representative of the size of districts that I deal with."
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Director of Facilities Planning & Construction
Escondido Union School District
"Honestly, this was by far the most productive and enjoyable conference that I have attended in my nearly 40-year career."
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Vice President of Sales
Action Floor Systems.
"The connections we made were excellent, all were at minimum key influencers. The speakers were very interesting, passionate, and engaging.''
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