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Custodians stay busy so schools sparkle on opening day

August 3, 2010
NEW MILFORD, CT — On a muggy Monday morning, the corridors at New Milford High School were clear of their usual suspects, but were instead filled with overturned desks and chairs, cafeteria tables, filing cabinets and loads of boxes, according to the News Times.
From graduation day until opening day on August 31, a team of about 50 custodians, maintenance professionals and grounds workers are assigned to a variety of tasks at all six district schools so students and staff come back to a gleaming showcase on opening day, the article stated.
"Our goal is to provide an environment for learning, a facility that supports them,'''' Facilities Manager John Calhoun said.
It''s not always an easy or pleasant job: In the elementary schools, children have spills and "accidents'''' that can be tough to clean and, in the older grades, there can be graffiti and other debris left behind that takes some extra scrubbing to clean away, the article noted.
"I love this kind of work,'''' custodial crew leader Lee Dovale said. "What we like is the end result: The before and after.''''
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