LAFAYETTE, LA — Poor maintenance of Lafayette Parish Public Schools has prompted a drastic change in the way district custodians are used, according to The Advertiser.
A pilot custodian and grounds project was instituted in February, which will see custodians from 11 schools working a new shift on Mondays in order to do more work when students and faculty aren''t present, the article stated.
"This is only being used at 11 schools, which was part of the pilot," said Superintendent Pat Cooper.
"This is going to affect somewhere around 50 custodians. This is something that was passed months ago. The bottom line is that we are going to make sure our schools are healthy and clean and, in the process, it is going to help us save money," Cooper added.
"Our custodians are using mops and buckets right now, and they don''t clean very well. We''re not doing this for our budget alone; we are doing this because our schools are filthy. To have a team of custodians working after students are gone is the only way for them to be able to deep clean. I''ve used this before in other places where I have been, and it has worked perfectly," Cooper noted.
According to the article, Cooper said the school system will work with custodians who have young children and could have their family life disrupted by the change in work hours.
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