Saturday, October 23, 2010

Life Of Riley

Everyone is up in arms about teacher contracts and how we all use the contract to avoid work.  I wonder why no one ever talks about the custodial contracts.

1.  Blackboards are only washed twice a year.
2.  Floors are also on the limited wash list.  (Not sure how many times, so I don't want to post it here.)
3.  Cleaning dust is not in the contract.
4.  Putting paper towels and soap in art rooms is not part of the contract.
5.  Painting an entire wall is not in the contract.  (They are allowed to paint up to a certain height so there are rooms with half walls covered.
6.  Cleaning the insides of radiators is not covered.

I'm sure there are other things that should be done too, that are not covered.

Why isn't anyone up in arms about getting custodians to provide these basic necessities?  Why are teachers the only ones with the a contract that provides the Life of Riley?


Anonymous said...

While I agree with you regarding the contract, I never make it a point to get on my floor custodian's bad side. But then again, I had my own room. We had one great worker who the whole staff loved. She cleaned like she owned the place. She would also help teachers out. I always tipped her when she helped me and gave her something for the holidays besides what we took up for the collection. But the head guy didn't want to keep her.
Even the guy who didn't clean as well as she did would help me out when I needed a repair or bookcases assembled w/o having to go through channels. They do work hard, I see how many rooms they have to clean within a certain amount of time. And then the lunchroom cleanup takes forever.
Some floors have less rooms than others and the head custodian would give those floors to his favs. In some suburban districts, they clean the boards daily.

Pissedoffteacher said...

We have good custodians and I too try to be extra nice to them. It is the stuff they aren't required to do that needs to be done.

ChiTown Girl said...

Oops...I hope I didn't open up a can of worms with my last comment...

I can't believe what you have to put up with at your school. Our school isn't pristine by any stretch of the imagination, but it's not as bad as what you listed. Then again, we all have our own rooms, which means we personally do much of the daily upkeep, so who knows, maybe our janitors don't do as much as I think.