New Mexico Public Schools Facilities Authority Works with VFA to Capture, Prioritize and Report on Statewide Facilities Needs

May 17, 2011

VFA’s Software Solutions Enable NM-PSFA to Collect Facility Condition and Educational Adequacy Data and Create Defensible Budget Priorities

BOSTON—May 17, 2011—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced that the New Mexico Public Schools Facilities Authority (NM-PSFA) has chosen VFA.facility®, VFA’s capital planning and management software solution, and VFA.auditor®, a Web-based guided self-assessment survey, to manage information about its facility assets – including 89 school districts and state-chartered charter schools made up of 795 separate schools with 4,700 buildings and approximately 60 million square feet of space. Today, NM-PSFA is able to quickly and easily obtain consistent, defensible data to create a statewide ranked list of facility needs, as well as to provide intelligible reports to schools.

NM-PSFA’s weighted New Mexico Condition Index (wNMCI) takes into consideration facility condition, educational adequacy, and key priorities such as life, health and safety, and is the metric by which all schools are compared. This model, widely regarded as a national best practice, is the primary tool used to allocate state capital funding to school facilities needs. Using VFA’s software solutions, NM-PSFA is able to calculate the wNMCI and rapidly produce a prioritized list of objectively-determined facility needs.

Reporting to schools regarding their ranking and the calculations behind it presented a significant challenge. The Executive Summary Report, formerly difficult to produce and confusing to stakeholders, can now be readily produced in VFA.facility and provides all data and calculations for a particular school or district in a format that is easy to understand and interpret. Using VFA.auditor, NM-PSFA staff can now complete building surveys on their own and upload reliable, error-free data to the system.

“The implementation process with VFA was smooth, professional and rapid, and we’ve found that the VFA solution exceeds the criteria that we established,” said Bob Gorrell, Director, New Mexico Public Schools Facilities Authority. “NM-PSFA is confident that its new facilities assessment system will deliver a higher level of capability, while providing key policymakers and stakeholders with better, more actionable information as they partner with New Mexico’s communities in providing quality, sustainable school facilities for students and educators.”

“Public school systems face many unique challenges in managing and planning for their facilities. Most school systems have funding constraints that force difficult decisions and tradeoffs regarding maintenance, renewal, and functional adequacy,” said Jerry Kokos, CEO, VFA, Inc. “VFA is pleased to work in partnership with the NM-PSFA team to assist in their mission on behalf of public education in New Mexico.”

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