I have been working with schools since 1995. At this time of the year, I have been consistently questioned as to my plans for the summer. Several of my acquaintances have told me how jealous they are that school is closed for the summer. They go on to question me, “Since the facilities are not in operation, you and your staff have nothing to do.” I then explain to these individuals that their assumptions are totally incorrect.
Various construction projects, bus route planning, food service coordination as well as building maintenance and cleaning must now be completed throughout the Duneland School Corporation properties.
The Liberty Intermediate School roof replacement project is now underway. Chesterton Middle School’s student cafeteria will be renovated throughout the summer months. Several of our facilities will have additional security devices installed to provide students and staff with extra security. Along with these major construction projects, the Duneland Health and Wellness Center will soon be in operation.
The transportation staff works hard each summer to have 87 school buses cleaned and repaired in preparation for inspection by Indiana State Police officials in June. Summer school bus routes are coordinated for bus drivers, parents and students for morning pick up and afternoon drop off.
In addition to overseeing the Chesterton Middle School student cafeteria renovation project, the Food Services management team will be entering staff payroll and student data information into the food service network in preparation for the new school year.
Annual facility maintenance is necessary to keep school buildings operational throughout the upcoming school year. Painting, detailed cleaning, repairing of our facilities is necessary throughout the coming weeks. The building, grounds and maintenance staff will have a variety of preventive maintenance tasks that must be completed before school begins in August. The custodians will dust, shampoo carpets, strip and wax floors, wash windows and change light bulbs in classrooms. Besides this detailed cleaning, the Duneland custodians will take time to again change air filters throughout our classroom air supply units. This is done periodically to provide proper indoor air quality to all building occupants.
Along with the indoor maintenance, employees designated to work outdoors are required to mow grass, repair playgrounds, power wash and paint a variety of outdoor equipment. These staff members also conduct detailed landscape maintenance projects as time allows.
The building maintenance technicians grease, clean and repair a variety of mechanical/electrical equipment. These employees use their experience and expertise to help ensure normal building operations.
Again, the Duneland support staff is not off all summer. We will work hard continually to provide the Duneland School Corporation building administrators, teachers, and students with a good work environment for the 2013-2014 school year.
This column solely represents the writer's opinion.