PAST PRESIDENTS

2016
Mike Branson, Halstead
2015
Rich Jones, Topeka
2014
Matt Dedeke, Leavenworth
2013
Randy Norwood, Hutchinson
2012
Mike Bassett, Deerfield
2011
Dwight Shoup, Arkansas City
2010
Robert Williams, Hutchinson
2009
Bryon White, Oxford
2008
Rusty Lindsay, Scott City
2007
Paul Crawford, Topeka
2006
Daniel Stoehr, Goddard
2005
Bryan Hunter, Lawrence
2004
Denis Johnson, De Soto
2003
Larry Gagnon, Salina
2002
Daniel Bolm, Emporia
2001
Tim Meek, Spring Hill
2000
Bill Culver, Perry
1999
Allen Nichols, Cimarron
1998
Lyle Seitter, Liberal
1997
Phil Moore, Hays
1996
Wayne Bower, Marysville
1995
Ward Nippert, McPherson
1994
Larry Denver, Junction City
1993
Paul Crawford, Atchison
1992
Clifford Burk, Leavenworth
1991
Leonard Trundle, Hiawatha
1990
Ed Hartner, Topeka
1989
Bob Moore, Sublette
1988
Keith Kandt, Lindsborg
1987
Mike Thomas, Stanley
1986
Pat Smith, Wichita
1985
Gerald Eck, Salina
1984
Mike Honomichl, McPherson
1983
Basil Demmon, Atchison
1982
Marion Robinson, Altamont
1982
Evert Tyson, Dec in Office
1981
Warren Settles, Olathe
1980
Art Post, Manhattan
1979
Merged with KASBO
1978
Merged with KASBO
1977
Merged with KASBO
1976
Merged with KASBO
1975
Merged with KASBO
1974
Merged with KASBO
1973
Jake Walter, Kingman
1972
Cliff Kater, Junction City
1971
Art Post, Manhattan
1970
Burr Roberts, El Dorado
1969
Fred Brockman, Salina
1968
Bob Duffin, Newton
1967
Ted Clark, Topeka
1966
Jim Ford, El Dorado
1965
Floyd White, Pratt
1964
Darrell Thorpe, Wichita
1963
Ed McNeill, Topeka
1962
Gene Mood, Wichita
1961
Harold Johnston, McPherson
1960
Jim Ford, Olathe
1959
Don Barnes, Pittsburg
1958
Richard Johnson, Lawrence

Complete History of KADPF:


After World War II, most of the schools in Kansas were small and operated independently of each other. In most communities, the elementary school and high school each had their own separate three-member board. Unified School Districts wouldn’t come about until the 60’s.

Schools were small enough that they didn’t need specialized people to take care of the everyday needs of the building. They usually had a staff of one, which consisted of a janitor. He was the person who unlocked the doors in the morning, made sure the heat was on, and took care of the building in general.

When you saw him walking around the school in his blue-and-white striped Oshkosh bib overalls, he probably had a rag hanging out of his back pocket that he used to clean off the tops of the student’s desks. There was the subtle smell of red floor sweeping compound while he pushed a broom over the oak floors.

“The men that were entering the field to take care of these new buildings needed a place to look for training and solutions to their problems.”

In the early ’50’s, maintenance personnel from five larger school systems, Manhattan, Lawrence, Ottawa, El Dorado, and Topeka had more difficult problems. They met to work out solutions and share ideas; but after a few years, these meetings ceased to exist.  

During the 1950s with a rapid growth in many communities, many new school buildings were built. The men that were entering the field to take care of these new buildings needed a place to look for training and solutions to their problems.

The only state wide thread among schools was the Annual Custodial Workshops sponsored by the State Vocational Department, led by John Truax of Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia. During the custodial trade school of 1956, a poll was taken and it was agreed to form an organization.

An organizational committee was appointed to develop a constitution. The committee consisted of Ed McNeill from Topeka, Dick Johnson from Lawrence and Dale Skelton from Manhattan.

On March 19, 1957, an organizational meeting of the Kansas Association of Directors of Plant facilities met at Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia. John Truax called the meeting to order with 15 members present. The Constitution and by-laws were adopted and Dale Skelton from Manhattan was elected the first president. It was decided that the first annual meeting would be held October 15 and 16, 1957 at the student union building on the campus of Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia.

The annual meetings continued to be held at the student union at Kansas State Teachers College for the next four years. However in 1962, the college was remodeling its student union building. The Association voted to hold the annual meeting in Wichita at the Teacher’s Credit Union.

From 1963 to 1972, KADPF held their meetings in various locations across the state. Those were Emporia, Salina, Topeka, El Dorado, Garden City, Wichita and Hutchison.

In 1969, John Truax, one of the founding fathers of KADPF, announced his retirement. Larry Smull with the Salina Area Vo-tech School took John’s place as director of the Annual Custodial Workshops. Larry Smull would continue to serve on the board as an ex-officio board member for the next 25 years.

In 1972, members of the Kansas Association of School Business Officials (KASBO) approached KADPF suggesting the two organizations merge. At that time, KASBO operated under five management sections. They were: Fiscal management, Material management, Personnel management, Junior College management and Data Processing management. KASBO agreed to include our Association in as a Plant Facilities management section.

It was agreed that the KADPF would merge with KASBO keeping the present officers intact until the KASBO meeting in April, 1975. At that time, it would be decided whether KASBO was meeting the needs of KADPF or whether they should go separate ways. In April, 1975, the executive board met and it was the majority opinion to continue with KASBO at that time.

By 1979, it was determined that the plant facilities members in KASBO were dropping off significantly. In November, 1979, a board meeting was called to discuss the future of KADPF. Art Post, the board representative at KASBO, was asked to preside over the meeting until a president could be elected. It was expressed very strongly that the reorganization of KADPF would be beneficial for the school maintenance personnel.

Art Post from Manhattan was elected president and it was decided that they would meet in September, 1980 in Salina.

A letter was sent to KASBO asking for the return of approximately 50% of the $1,031.61 given to the KASBO treasury when the two groups merged. In April, KASBO denied the request.

“It was expressed very strongly that the reorganization of KADPF would be beneficial for the school maintenance personnel.”

In June, 1981, KASBO sent a letter stating they had allocated $200 for expenses for the KADPF fall meeting. In January 1982, KASBO returned an additional $300 to make up the additional portion of the requested funds.

1982 turned out to be a bad year for officers in KADPF. In February, the Association’s president, Evert Tyson sent a letter of resignation stating health reasons. A few days after the letter was sent, Mr. Tyson passed away. Later that year in April, Robert Winter, the vice president, sent a letter of resignation stating that he had had a stroke and would need to resign his post because of health reasons.

For the next 20 years, the Association met in Salina. Over those years, the Association prospered, the membership grew, and the convention turned into a 2 1/2 day event. Because of the close proximity to three nice golf courses, it was decided to develop a golf tournament in addition to the regular convention activities.

One of the key elements for the Association’s prosperity during the 80’s and 90’s was Gerald Eck, the Director of Operations for USD #305, Salina. After Mr. Eck served as the Association’s President in 1985, he not only developed and organized the Association’s golf tournament, but also acted as liaison for the Association with both the convention site and the Chamber of Commerce. In addition to all the hard work that Mr. Eck put in for the Association until his retirement from the school district, he offered the Association the use of a building on his Christmas tree farm east of Salina for the Monday Evening BBQ and Social.

Dave Williams, a prominent salesman for Pur-O-Zone in Lawrence, had dreamed for years about starting a scholarship fund for children of custodial workers. In the early 90s, Mr. Williams passed away before he could figure out a way to develop the fund.

In 1993, Jim Freund, President of Pur-O-Zone, told Ron Emmons, President of Witchcraft Institutional Maintenance Supply, about Dave Williams’ wish for starting a scholarship fund. A year earlier, one of Mister Emmons long time employees, Mr. Dick Merriman, passed away after a long bout with cancer.

They both agreed that since both men spent a lot of time and energy trying to help the frontline custodial worker, they would try to muster some money for the scholarship fund that Dave Williams had envisioned with the provision that it be restricted to legal dependents of custodial workers.

“Dave Williams… had dreamed for years about starting a scholarship fund for children of custodial workers.”

Knowing that they didn’t have the time or the resources to administer a scholarship, they went to the Kansas Association of Directors of Plant facilities and ask the association to manage the scholarship fund. Both companies offered a donation of $500 each to start the fund. Also, the Shanks family of Kansas City added a memorial fund set up in memory of Herbert Shanks Sr. to the scholarship fund.

KADPF gladly accepted the responsibility for managing the scholarship and applied for tax-exempt status so that all contributions to the fund would be tax deductible. At the end of 1993, the Association scholarship fund had initial assets of $2,913.

In 1994, information and applications went to every Kansas high school and 29 students applied for the $500 prize. The first recipient of the Kansas Association of Directors of Plant Facilities Scholarship was Martin Nash II, a graduate of Minneapolis high school. Martin attended Kansas State University, majored in chemistry and went on to study medicine.

Through hard work and diligence over the past 20 years, the Association now has a scholarship fund with a total equity of over $110,000. This year, it will award four $1,000 scholarships to qualifying students.

Since its inception in 1957, the mission of the Kansas Association of Directors of Plant Facilities has evolved to promote and maintain personal improvement by providing educational programs to increase the knowledge of methods, materials, and equipment for the operation and the maintenance of buildings and grounds, raise the standards of building maintenance; to cooperate with superintendents of schools, elected or appointed officials, and other officers and organizations, to hold regular meetings of the Association, and for fellowship.

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PAST PRESIDENTS

Mike Branson, Halstead
2016
Rich Jones, Topeka
2015
Matt Dedeke, Leavenworth
2014
Randy Norwood, Hutchinson
2013
Mike Bassett, Deerfield
2012
Dwight Shoup, Arkansas City
2011
Robert Williams, Hutchinson
2010
Bryon White, Oxford
2009
Rusty Lindsay, Scott City
2008
Paul Crawford, Topeka
2007
Daniel Stoehr, Goddard
2006
Bryan Hunter, Lawrence
2005
Denis Johnson, De Soto
2004
Larry Gagnon, Salina
2003
Daniel Bolm, Emporia
2002
Tim Meek, Spring Hill
2001
Bill Culver, Perry
2000
Allen Nichols, Cimarron
1999
Lyle Seitter, Liberal
1998
Phil Moore, Hays
1997
Wayne Bower, Marysville
1996
Ward Nippert, McPherson
1995
Larry Denver, Junction City
1994
Paul Crawford, Atchison
1993
Clifford Burk, Leavenworth
1992
Leonard Trundle, Hiawatha
1991
Ed Hartner, Topeka
1990
Bob Moore, Sublette
1989
Keith Kandt, Lindsborg
1988
Mike Thomas, Stanley
1987
Pat Smith, Wichita
1986
Gerald Eck, Salina
1985
Mike Honomichl, McPherson
1984
Basil Demmon, Atchison
1983
Marion Robinson, Altamont
1982
Evert Tyson, Dec in Office
1982
Warren Settles, Olathe
1981
Art Post, Manhattan
1980
Merged with KASBO
1979
Merged with KASBO
1978
Merged with KASBO
1977
Merged with KASBO
1976
Merged with KASBO
1975
Merged with KASBO
1974
Jake Walter, Kingman
1973
Cliff Kater, Junction City
1972
Art Post, Manhattan
1971
Burr Roberts, El Dorado
1970
Fred Brockman, Salina
1969
Bob Duffin, Newton
1968
Ted Clark, Topeka
1967
Jim Ford, El Dorado
1966
Floyd White, Pratt
1965
Darrell Thorpe, Wichita
1964
Ed McNeill, Topeka
1963
Gene Mood, Wichita
1962
Harold Johnston, McPherson
1961
Jim Ford, Olathe
1960
Don Barnes, Pittsburg
1959
Richard Johnson, Lawrence
1958

PAST PRESIDENTS

Mike Branson, Halstead
2016
Rich Jones, Topeka
2015
Matt Dedeke, Leavenworth
2014
Randy Norwood, Hutchinson
2013
Mike Bassett, Deerfield
2012
Dwight Shoup, Arkansas City
2011
Robert Williams, Hutchinson
2010
Bryon White, Oxford
2009
Rusty Lindsay, Scott City
2008
Paul Crawford, Topeka
2007
Daniel Stoehr, Goddard
2006
Bryan Hunter, Lawrence
2005
Denis Johnson, De Soto
2004
Larry Gagnon, Salina
2003
Daniel Bolm, Emporia
2002
Tim Meek, Spring Hill
2001
Bill Culver, Perry
2000
Allen Nichols, Cimarron
1999
Lyle Seitter, Liberal
1998
Phil Moore, Hays
1997
Wayne Bower, Marysville
1996
Ward Nippert, McPherson
1995
Larry Denver, Junction City
1994
Paul Crawford, Atchison
1993
Clifford Burk, Leavenworth
1992
Leonard Trundle, Hiawatha
1991
Ed Hartner, Topeka
1990
Bob Moore, Sublette
1989
Keith Kandt, Lindsborg
1988
Mike Thomas, Stanley
1987
Pat Smith, Wichita
1986
Gerald Eck, Salina
1985
Mike Honomichl, McPherson
1984
Basil Demmon, Atchison
1983
Marion Robinson, Altamont
1982
Evert Tyson, Dec in Office
1982
Warren Settles, Olathe
1981
Art Post, Manhattan
1980
Merged with KASBO
1979
Merged with KASBO
1978
Merged with KASBO
1977
Merged with KASBO
1976
Merged with KASBO
1975
Merged with KASBO
1974
Jake Walter, Kingman
1973
Cliff Kater, Junction City
1972
Art Post, Manhattan
1971
Burr Roberts, El Dorado
1970
Fred Brockman, Salina
1969
Bob Duffin, Newton
1968
Ted Clark, Topeka
1967
Jim Ford, El Dorado
1966
Floyd White, Pratt
1965
Darrell Thorpe, Wichita
1964
Ed McNeill, Topeka
1963
Gene Mood, Wichita
1962
Harold Johnston, McPherson
1961
Jim Ford, Olathe
1960
Don Barnes, Pittsburg
1959
Richard Johnson, Lawrence
1958