ERIC Number: ED276108
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Clean Up Your School Custodial Program.
Steller, Arthur W.; Pell, Carroll
Updating School Board Policies, v17 n11 p1-3 Dec 1986
Administrators can improve their school's custodial program by following steps that increase productivity, reduce costs, and provide long-term benefits of higher cleanliness standards. Administrators should work toward improved building cleanliness by insisting on a school board policy that establishes objectives for the custodial department. Principals have many duties and managing the custodial staff is often relagated to lower priority than providing "instructional leadership." A formula is needed for custodial staff allocations and should include factors such as number of children and adults using the building and extent of extracurricular and community activities. Custodial job descriptions should include specific task assignments. Responsibilities should encompass inspections, preventive maintenance, regulation compliance, inventory maintenance, and emergencies. A daily schedule stating tasks, tools, and time allotments should be supplemented with weekly and seasonal schedules. Job enrichment for custodians can be achieved by expanding the custodian's role to include care of flower beds and shrubs, window replacement, and preventive maintenance, such as periodic oiling of motors, changing of furnace filters, repairing leaky faucets and replacing motor belts. Recognition of custodians promotes morale and can be accomplished by issuing custodial uniforms or even ordering business cards for them. (CJH)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Board of Education Policy, Building Operation, Cost Effectiveness, Custodian Training, Educational Administration, Educational Facilities Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Motivation Techniques, School Buildings, School Districts, School Maintenance, Staff Development, Staff Utilization
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National School Boards Association, Alexandria, VA. Educational Policies Service.