Commentary

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RISD maintenance department stepped up bigtime for taxpayers
We see them all the time at Rockdale schools and during school functions. They’re on the job early and the last ones to leave. After all, they turn the key in the lock, or, in our digital age, punch the buttons that make the locks engage.

They are maintenance/custodial personnel. We probably don’t think about them much. But they’ve saved the taxpayers substantial sums of money over the past year.

Think about it. In August, 2009, the district opened 139,190 new square feet of building space, increasing the district’s indoor floor space by 55 percent.

Those new buildings don’t sweep up after themselves, don’t wax their own floors, keep up with their own landscaping, fix their own thermostats, change their own light fixtures, you get the picture.

People are required to do that work. Yet the RISD maintenance/ custodial staff remains at virtually the same level it was in 2008. They bowed their necks and took care of business. What a refreshing concept.

Karl Kacir, who is leaving the RISD after four years as assistant superintendent for business, pointed out the superb effort by the maintenance/custodial staff and also pointed out how well the district’s transportation staff handled a similar challenge.

Here are the people we’re talking about:

Maintenance— Gerry Mitchan, supervisor; Bob Morris, Kenny Svrcek, Buck Allen, Felix Barnes, Doug Mantey.

Custodial— Kay Barfield, Amanda Browning, Rosie Carrasco, Bennie Deary, Gloria Flores, Kristen Fults, Alice Garcia, Manuel Garcia, Mary Gygi, Karen Juarez, Teresa Lawhon, Pearlie Mack, Patrick Morris, John Perrin, Linda Riojas, Maria Sanchez, Henry Stephens, Warren Whorton, Freddie Wilkerson, Alica Zapata.

Transportation— Willie Korenek, Frank Burford, Susan Ehler, Barkley Lagrone, Claude Lagrone, Larry McAdams, Frank Middleton, Nannette Niemann, Sandra O’Brien, Alan Schneider, Ricky Stewart, Laysha Vargas, Belinda VonGonten, Charles Wadlington, Sheila Young, Zeke Young, Tim Ramey, Jody Darby (clerical)—M.B.


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