The Lawrence school district Wednesday announced the hiring of a former elementary school custodian as director of facilities and operations.
Tom Bracciano, who has been supervisor of transportation and safety for the district since 1994, was promoted to the newly created position. A search is ongoing to fill his supervisor's job.
Bracciano, 40, will be in charge of custodial, maintenance and grounds crews that care for 1.7 million square feet of buildings, including 26 schools and several office structures in the district.
"We really have some good people in maintenance, custodial and grounds," Bracciano said. "I'm looking forward to working with them."
Bracciano will be involved in monitoring the district's capital-improvement projects.
"Part of my job description is to work with the contractors and the architects on new construction and renovation," he said.
The Lawrence school board voted in April not to renew the contract of ServiceMaster, a management consulting firm that was in charge of building and grounds maintenance. Board members agreed at that time to replace ServiceMaster staff based in Lawrence with a director of facilities and operations, a custodial supervisor and a custodial manager.
Bracciano replaces Larry Stuckey, who was employed by ServiceMaster for six years.
Bracciano attended Sunset Hill School, West Junior High School and Lawrence High School. In 1975, he was hired as a part-time custodian at West. He graduated from Kansas University in 1987 and was promoted to custodial coordinator two years later.
His title was changed to building support services coordinator in 1992 and supervisor of transportation and safety in 1994.