2rd Annual IPM Pride Award Winners
Texas Schools Recognized for Excellence in Pest Management
Ms. Hurley presents the award to Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. From left to right: Janet Hurley, Danny Roberts, IPM Coordinator, and Nathan Hansard, IPM Technician
“Eek it’s a mouse” or “yulk it’s a roach” are two sayings every school maintenance director has heard at one time or another. However, in Texas hearing these statements from teachers or staff isn’t as bad as it use to be. In 1995, Texas enacted the School IPM law. Integrated pest management (IPM) is a common sense approach to pest control relying on several best myanagement tactics. In 2003, The Southwest Technical Resource Center (SWTRC) for IPM in Schools began its annual IPM Pride Award. The SWTRC, which is part of Texas Cooperative Extension, was established on a grant from the U.S. EPA in 2001 to promote awareness of pest management techniques and provide technical support to schools and childcare facilities in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.
This year the applicants worked hard to be recognized. Out those who applied four independent school districts (ISD) have been recognized for outstanding pest management efforts in the attention to student and faculty safety and proper methods of pest control.
Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD was the big winner taking home first place, with a cash award of $1,250. Runners up included Brenham ISD, second place $750, Katy ISD and Frisco ISD tied for third place and received a check for $500 apiece. Carrollton-Farmers Branch is located outside the Dallas area and covers a large area with a variety of school campuses.
Brenham ISD, second place winners. From left to right: Janet Hurley, Dr. Patricia Bolin, IPM Program Coordinator, OSU Extension; Valisia Grebe, Assistant IPM Coordinator, Tony Bailey, IPM Coordinator, and Walt Desern, IPM Grounds
“It’s gratifying to see how a program like Carrollton-Farmers Branch, which was marginal two years ago, could take the information we provided and turn it around into an award-winning program among the state’s elite.” says Hurley of Carrollton’s first place award. “Their creative approach to educating students, parents and teachers about IPM, their definitive policies and the number of personnel devoted to pest management is what garnered them first place in the ‘IPM Pride Award’. They take it seriously,” Hurley adds.
Janet Hurley, school IPM program coordinator for the SWTRC says, “IPM is critical to schools for balancing prevention, sanitation, and maintenance by using a variety of pest control approaches. Our goal is to provide information schools can use to establish a safe, attractive, and efficiently-run place for children to learn and grow.”
“I believe a balanced approach to pest management in schools gives our students and faculty a safer, cleaner environment to learn and work in,” says Danny Roberts, IPM Coordinator of Carrollton ISD. After receiving second place in last year’s award, Roberts says, “We were more aggressive in educating staff and employees this year. I think that was a big difference in our program.”
The award comes with a cash prize of $1,250 and plaque. Roberts says with the award money, the Carrollton-Farmers Branch district is planning to do lighting studies on crickets with help from Texas Cooperative Extension to learn how to better keep them out of schools, send the CFBISD Certified Applicators on his staff to advanced IPM training, and install a new lighting system in the district’s cafeteria to control flying pests at night.
Third place Frisco ISD. From left to right: Blake Vaughn, Director of Maintenance, Tim Walsh, IPM Coordinator and Grounds Crew Leader; and Tim Sanz, Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator
The second annual “IPM Pride Award” is sponsored by the national trade organization RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment), an association of manufacturers, formulators, and distributors of pest control products used in and around homes, businesses and public areas that promotes the safe and responsible use of these products and the National Foundation for IPM Education who gave a small grant to the Southwest Technical Resource Center to help promote this program.