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Custodians feeling the crunch to get schools ready

August 20, 2010
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NORWALK, CT — The dust of summer camp has literally settled at Nathan Hale Middle School, where desks, filing cabinets, tables and projectors line the spotted halls, as if the classrooms had been turned inside out, according the The Hour.
Soon, the furniture will take its right place: Floors will sparkle with five coats of wax, desks on tennis ball glides will form perfect rows and the building''s team of custodians will enjoy a moment of respite, having reversed the wear-and-tear of summer in just a few weeks, just in time for school, the article stated.
The scene at Nathan Hale exemplified the "mad rush" taking place at schools throughout the district, where 98 full-time custodians will have cleaned about 1.5 million square feet of space by September 1, the article noted.
According to the article, between the uncharacteristically late dismissal of classes this year and the hordes of summer programs held on school premises, custodians have felt an extra crunch.
"Normally, we get maybe a week or two weeks of time between the last day and the start of summer programs," said Director of Facilities Mark Gorian. "This year, it''s like school never ended."
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