The Department of Operations includes food services, transportation, buildings and grounds, warehouse, publication services, facility rentals and environmental sustainability.

Buildings and Grounds (360-676-6548)

The goal of Buildings and Grounds is to provide a safe, well-maintained educational environment for all students and staff. Buildings and Grounds maintains building interior surfaces in a clean and sanitary condition, to make sure exterior hard surfaces and fields are accessible and usable for their intended purpose and ensure building systems function effectively and efficiently. This involves many tasks including cleaning classrooms, sanitizing restrooms, electrical repairs, carpentry projects, plumbing repairs, heating and ventilation repairs/controls, mowing play fields, storm water management, moving furniture, managing recycling, garbage collection, monitoring energy use and more.

Facilities Use (360-676-6538)

Bellingham Public School facilities are provided by the public and should be made available to the community for use when practical and such use does not conflict with the operations of the district. District-sponsored activities, including curricular and co-curricular functions, retain first priority in use of facilities. Authorization for use of school facilities will not be considered as endorsement or approval of the activity, group or organization.

Food Services (360-676-6504)

Food Services is responsible for providing nutritious and affordable meals and promoting nutrition education. Food Services prepares and serves on average more than 6,000 low cost, nutritious meals for students at 22 locations in the district. Meals must be in compliance with the Child Nutrition Program, administered by the United States Department of Agriculture. The financial goal of the program is a break-even or better level of operation; however, the department also supports programs such as the snack program that do not generate income; and the district has provided some subsidies to help support the transition of the program. Income is received from federal and state government reimbursements as well as student participation. The educational goal of the program is to provide students, staff and parents with information to facilitate good nutritional habits that will last a lifetime.

Shipping and Receiving (360-676-6549)

Shipping and Receiving accepts all orders to for the district with the exception of certain items. The team processes orders and deliver orders directly to schools. Shipping and Receiving staff deliver interdistrict mail between our 22 schools and manage our surplus items list.

Bellingham Public Schools
Central Receiving Warehouse
2015 Alpine Way
Bellingham, WA 98226

Printing and Digital Services (360-676-6537)

Printing and Digital Services provides services ranging from copying, DVD/CD duplication and videoconferencing for the Bellingham Public Schools and educational partners. Printing costs are very competitive and turnaround time is timely and responsive.

Staff members can submit printing and other reproduction requests by visiting the print shop intranet page.

If you are not district staff and you would like to submit an order, contact the printshop through email at printshop@bellinghamschools.org or call 676-6537.

Transportation (360-676-6546)

The mission of Transportation is to provide safe and reliable transportation for eligible students to and from school and to school-sponsored extracurricular activities. The most recent ridership report shows that staff provide transportation for approximately 3,400 students including students eligible for specialized transportation and McKinney-Vento services twice daily. Staff also provide transportation for students who participate in more than 2,000 sports, field and activity trips yearly. Transportation has a fleet of approximately 78 buses, 27 student support vehicles including six new traffic safety vehicles. The staff of 92, includes bus drivers, substitute drivers, mechanics, paraeducators and office/support staff. Buses traveled more than 857,442 miles last year and van usage for high school athletics and activities was 124,421 miles.

Jessica Sankey

Executive Director

Angie Ritchey

Administrative Assistant

360-676-6470 ext. 6533