Custodians invaluable to the schools they serve
BAKERSFIELD, CA — Most people can''t comprehend what it takes to clean and maintain one of today''s modern elementary or high schools, according to The Bakersfield Californian.
The head custodian of any given school is second only to that school''s principal in terms of making sure the school runs smoothly, the article stated.
According to the article, most head custodians arrive one to two hours before anyone else to unlock gates, kitchen, cafeteria and restrooms; check the grounds and buildings; and, during the winter months, make sure there is heat in all of the classrooms.
Custodians need to know the safety and proper use of cleaning supplies and insecticides and how to clean effectively in a limited amount of time, the article noted.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has proposed that schools fire their custodians and hire children to work in their place; however, the men and women who do this work are entitled to a good living wage with health and retirement benefits, the article added.
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