Meet John Bergin, the new Director of Facilities at Cairo-Durham CSD. He oversees everything related to the district’s buildings and grounds, from heating and ventilation to maintenance and custodial personnel. Continue reading to learn more about Mr. Bergin and how he works to provide a safe and healthy environment for students, staff and visitors.
What is your role at the Cairo-Durham Central School District?
I am the new Director of Facilities.
When did you start working here?
My first day was October 13, 2021.
What are your job responsibilities and priorities?
As the Director of Facilities, I oversee maintenance, custodial and grounds personnel. I supervise the care, operation and maintenance of the district’s buildings and grounds, which includes heating, ventilation, sanitation, electrical, and lighting systems, as well as plumbing, elevators, fields, playgrounds, parking lots and more.
The Facilities Department works to provide a safe and healthy environment for students, staff and visitors. Much of this involves ensuring compliance with state, local and federal regulations such as those from the Department of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Environmental Conservation and the NYS Education Department.
I’m also assisting with the ongoing capital improvement project by coordinating with district administrators as well as the architects and engineers to carry out long and short range improvements.
What do you like most about your job?
I enjoy accomplishing something new every day and seeing the students grow and learn.
What is your background like – previous jobs, your education, etc.?
Previously I was the Assistant Director of Facilities at Arlington Schools. Prior to that I was a police officer with a K-9. I have numerous certifications in plumbing, heating and HVAC. I attended Morrisville College for Forestry and Mercy College for Criminal Justice.
What goal(s) do you hope to accomplish while working here?
A short term goal is to organize the Facilities Department and its records to be more efficient. A long term goal is to make our school facilities inviting for students and visitors so they will enjoy coming to the schools.
What made you want to work at Cairo-Durham?
I wanted to work in this district because of the location. My wife and I wanted to move to the Catskill Mountain area.
Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
Being a police officer, EMT, and volunteer firefighter was always interesting. Along with saving many lives, I had the pleasure of delivering a baby in the field.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I would want the ability to foresee the future and create positivity for everyone.
Tell us a bit about your life outside of school.
I am married with three grown children who are all very successful. I enjoy hunting, fishing and hiking. I also enjoy repairing things.
What is your motto or personal mantra?
Be positive and no matter how bad you think things are, someone has it worse and you can help.