Bryan Vandiver named Meridian Director of Buildings and Grounds
At the Thursday, March 7th, Meridian Board meeting Bryan Vandiver is expected to be approved to serve as the next Director of Buildings and Grounds for Meridian CUSD 223. MCUSD expected this to be a highly coveted position and used a hiring committee consisting of Board of Education members, administration, staff, and community members to help select the next leader of this department. The district did have a number of qualified candidates apply for the position, but the interview team agreed that Mr. Vandiver brought a unique level of experience and know-how to the position.
Superintendent PJ Caposey noted the difficulty and importance of the job by noting that many days the Director of Buildings and Grounds puts in the most hours and is the first-person on call when something goes awry in our buildings on a random Tuesday night at 2 AM. Caposey added, “We needed to find someone reliable, someone who could lead, and someone who was going to take total ownership of our facilities. We are extremely confident that we have found that person in Bryan. Moreover, this job is not going to be too big for him – his experiences will have more than adequately prepared him for this challenge.’
Bryan and his wife Linda are alumni, as are his two children, Jacob and Katelyn. Bryan noted, “I feel like I am coming full circle. To be able to do this work in the district where I went to school in the town I was raised is a very special opportunity that I will not take for granted.” Bryan previously managed the facilities at the Rockford airport for over 25 years and currently works in a similar capacity for Rockford YMCAs.