Albuquerque Public Schools saves millions in maintenance

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Public Schools have saved two million dollars over the last five years, and it’s all thanks to preventative maintenance.

“The whole philosophy is, be more proactive than reactive,” said John Dufay, the Executive Director of Operations for APS. He said the whole purpose of this new program of maintaining the schools is to prevent catastrophic issues, that cost thousands of dollars.

“We didn’t change the budget, we allocated a certain amount of money for preventive maintenance and a certain amount for reactive,” said Dufay.

The preventative work can by anything from, carpenters coming in to check all of the doors, to oiling the doors, and going through the locks. Dufay said they also re-sealed the floors and have started to replace all the lights with LED lights.

“This past year we did about 71,000 work orders,” he said, and in years past he said they averaged around 50 thousand work orders, but the preventative work is more extensive.

Some of the saved money has also gone towards playgrounds throughout the district for new equipment and making playgrounds meet new safety standards.

Dufay said the high schools cost the most to maintain. Last year, Albuquerque High School was the most expensive needing more than $700,000 worth of maintenance. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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