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No rest for dedicated custodians

August 17, 2009
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LADSON, SC — The lazy days of summer are anything but lazy for school custodians as students'' summer break is their busiest time of the year, according to The Post and Courier.
For the Charleston County School District, planning for the upcoming school year begins as early as February, and as soon as school ends, the custodial department goes into action, the story stated.
In the past three months, custodians with the district have deep cleaned roughly 7 million square feet of classroom space, which included stripping and waxing floors, cleaning carpets and washing windows and walls, the story noted.
According to the story, custodial and maintenance staff have also upgraded lighting to make it more energy efficient at five schools and replaced more than 30 heating and air conditioning units.
Mark Cob, director of maintenance for the Charleston County School District, said: "The taxpayers have invested quite a bit into buildings and the building program, and we''re doing the best we can to maintain that investment for them."
Those who labor all summer preparing buildings and classrooms for the new year consider it a job well-done if students can learn in safe, healthy environments, the story added.
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