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"You can't build any kind of organization if you're not going to surround yourself with people who have experience and skill beyond your own"

Howard Schultz

Our district is only as strong as the people who work here. At UCF, delivering on the promise to "empower students for success and contribute to society" requires the combined efforts of talented employees. A modern school district requires not only great teachers but also teams of highly skilled support professionals.

In this series of podcasts we will introduce you to important team members whose contributions are significant but whose faces you may not often see. They will share with you some of their personal stories and how those experiences have contributed to making this a top performing school district. Along the way you will learn a bit about them and gain valuable insights into how the district operates to "Unlock the Potential in All of Us!"

Join host (and Board member) Bob Sage for conversations with the folks that make this district work.


Episode 1 - Rick Hostetler, Buildings and Grounds Supervisor

In this episode Bob Sage interviews Rick Hostetler. As the Buildings and Grounds Supervisor Rick has played a key role in our district. After 28 years of service Rick will retire this year.

Rick came to this area when his parents moved here in 1955. He graduated from Kennett High School in 1971, married his high school sweetheart, went to trade school, worked on local mushroom farms and eventually came to UCF in 1991.

Rick has seen many changes and has been instrumental in the building of PES and the major renovations to UHS. Rick's story provides us all with insights - for the success of our district and for ourselves as individuals.

About Buildings and Grounds

About Buildings and Grounds

The main function of the Buildings & Grounds department is to ensure clean, safe, attractive, well-maintained and efficiently-functioning facilities that enhance the learning environment.

Points of Pride

  • The 2009 UHS renovations provided important improvements that significantly improved the learning environment with (among other things) new science labs, a tech ed wing and updated facilities for athletics and the arts. Renovations cost less than the original bid and was completed ahead of schedule - - $70 Million bid vs $57 Million actual.
  • When facilities are well designed and maintained they support and enhance the learning environment. Although UHS had long been a high performing school, after the 2009 renovations, measured student outcomes have risen and we are now ranked amongst the best in climate, safety and athletics (niche.com 2018).
  • Safety is a top concern for all in UCFSD and the Buildings and Grounds department took a lead role in identifying opportunities to make our campuses safer and in implementing the 31 point safety improvement plan approved in 2012. The UCFSD 2016 climate report showed that staff, students and parents agree that they feel safe in their schools.
  • Cost management is another key to long term success. The Buildings and Grounds department works with the Board to identify needs looking out over ten years. The Ten Year Facilities Plan is part of a governance processes that helps the district manage costs and by maximizing the useful life of facilities and equipment and by allowing the Board to better manage budgets and facilities borrowing by looking at the long view.

Photo Album

Proud Grandparents
Hostetler Family
Hostetler's at Disney
Chadds Ford crew
Grounds crew
High School crew
Hillendale crew
Maintenance Staff Picture
Marie Lofe
Middle School crew
Pocopson crew
UE crew