Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 7, 2011

Schools to honor custodians Dec. 13

Staff writer

CROSSVILLE — Next week, Cumberland County schools will honor the custodial staff as part of Custodian Appreciation Day Dec. 13.

The resolution was approved by the Cumberland County Board of Education at its Nov. 17 meeting.

The resolution states, "our school custodians have a long list of responsibilities to tend to daily, which includes everything from emptying waste baskets to spot cleaning walls and light fixtures; and

"Whereas, custodians frequently go above and beyond the call of duty to help keep schools free of dirt and germs that may cause illness and make our schools unattractive; and

"Whereas, custodians are at the school long before anyone else arrives and well after everyone else has left; and

"Whereas, our school custodians are such an important part of our school staff that our schools could not operate properly without them.

"Therefore, be it hereby resolved, that the Cumberland County Board of Education expresses appreciation to our custodians for all that they do to make our schools good places for students to grow and learn."

Gordon Davis, 5th District representative, moved to approve the resolution, supported by David Bowman, 7th District representative. Davis added, "They're the greatest people at your schools. You can't do it without them."

Dan Schlafer, 9th District representative, said, "And they're friends to everyone."

Sandy Brewer, 3rd District representative, added that she was glad the Cumberland County School System had not chosen to outsource custodial services as many school systems had done in recent years.

"This is a position I never want to see us contract out," she said. "Personally, I believe we have a good staff and I know other school systems are looking at that, but it's something I hope we never have to face."

The resolution was unanimously approved.