— Georgia Schools
Superintendent Kathy Cox is recommending the statewide implementation of the Carpet and Rug Institute
''s (CRI) Seal of Approval
(SOA) testing program for carpet cleaning products in public schools, according to a press release.
According to the release, Cox released a letter to Georgia''s 190 school district superintendents stating that the CRI SOA program can help districts utilize cleaning and maintenance budgets more efficiently by using the most effective products, as well as reducing labor costs and prolonging carpet life.
Cox said: "In an era when school budgets are especially tight, it is my sense that using CRI Seal of Approval-certified products and equipment will save school districts money."
The CRI SOA independent, third-party testing and certification program, launched in 2004, identifies carpet cleaning solutions, vacuums, extractors and cleaning systems that are effective and environmentally responsible, the release noted.
One district, the Dalton Public Schools
, has already begun the use of the SOA program, the release added.
Belinda Parrish, the Dalton Public Schools maintenance chief, said: "A clean environment is as important to a student''s success as a good breakfast."