Custodial and Maintenance Personnel Recognition Day
Release Date: 9/12/2008 2:14:35 PM
Custodial and Maintenance Personnel Recognition Day will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 16, 2008.
The Carroll County Public School System has a statewide reputation for well-maintained facilities. Our schools consistently receive a good, very good, or superior rating when they are inspected by the state. This is due to the fact that both Plant Operations and the Maintenance Department are made up of hard working, dedicated staff who take pride in a job well done. These employees play a crucial role in the education of our children by providing clean, safe, and well-maintained buildings and by making sure that school is a safe and comfortable environment day in and day out.
Plant Operations is comprised of 262 custodial staff responsible for all activities and costs associated with keeping facilities open, comfortable, and safe for use. They are the people who physically clean and sanitize buildings and make sure students and staff have heat, air conditioning, and drinking water. Custodial staff are responsible for cleaning 18,000 to 27,000 square feet per person per night. They make sure that students have an environment that is clean and conducive to learning.
Plant Operations is responsible for a wide variety of services such as receiving, storing, and distribution of supplies, furniture, equipment, materials, and mail. Plant Operations is also responsible for utilities such as gas, electric, and sewer. Other responsibilities include water, recycling, maintaining and inspecting playground equipment, and Integrated Pest Management.
During the summer months, when students are not in school, Plant Operations staff are busy "deep cleaning" buildings from top to bottom, so they are in immaculate condition when students return in the fall. Their goal is to make sure schools are always clean, safe, and sanitary.
The Maintenance Department consists of 74 maintenance employees that include electricians, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians, plumbers, carpenters, electronic technicians, groundskeepers, roofers, masons, and locksmiths. They complete approximately 8,100 maintenance work orders annually and maintain 4.2 million square feet of buildings and grounds. These employees are routinely called in during their "off" hours for emergency repairs such as a water main break or utility repairs.
The Maintenance Department is responsible for maintaining grounds, buildings, and equipment and keeping them in their original condition. This includes managing and supervising all maintenance contract services, such as energy management and state-mandated inspections. This also includes scheduled and preventive maintenance of building property, service vehicles, and equipment. Maintenance also is responsible for the maintenance of all utilities and handles the heating and air conditioning systems. The department's priority is to keep schools, buildings, and grounds safe and in excellent working condition.