— While everyone can appreciate the work of teachers, administrators and guidance counselors, the critical work custodians perform is generally overlooked, according to the Asbury Park Press
Bruce Owens, head custodian at Ocean Township High School
and a 10-year employee of the Ocean Township School District
, arrives hours before anyone else does to turn on lights, unlock and open all of the doors and check numerous items in various areas of the building to ensure everything is in good repair for when students and staff arrive, the story stated.
Throughout the day, Owens and his 12-member custodial staff, who work together as a team, scour the building and perform cleaning and maintenance tasks wherever they are needed, the story noted.
In the evening, custodial staff members are assigned different zones to care for, the story added.
According to the story, the 12-member custodial staff is responsible for cleaning every classroom, hallway, closet and nook and cranny of the Ocean Township High School each day.
Owens said: "I believe in teamwork. My guys don''t have to go out to dinner after, but they have to get along while here."