According to the story, a major change occurred when the school district cut $300,000 from the cleaning contract with Rite-Way, seriously reducing the extent and thoroughness of daily cleaning.
The majority of complaints pertain to unclean restrooms, unswept and/or unmopped floors and insufficient cleanup in cafeterias and locker rooms, the story stated.
With the current cleaning schedule, custodians clean areas every other day, rather than the daily cleaning that occurred in the past, the story noted.
Rite-Way has changed crew members several times at some Washington County schools, hampering progress and instituting a new learning curve every time, the story added.
Washington County School Board member Terry Ellis, in explaining that Rite-Way is responsible for the cleanliness of the schools, said: "We are in the teaching business, not in the cleaning business."