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Larger high school means more to clean in Waynesboro

Board asked to hire more custodians

Board asked to hire more custodians

October 15, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Waynesboro Area School Board has been asked to hire three additional full-time custodians, primarily to clean and maintain the vastly expanded high school.

"You've got over 100,000 square feet more than you had," Business Administrator Caroline Dean said at Tuesday's school board meeting.

Also, the environmentally friendly toilet fixtures used in the school's addition each require 15 to 20 minutes of daily cleaning, she said.

Board members questioned the effects from hiring part-time versus full-time personnel and asked Dean to return to next week's meeting with a detailed plan for finding the money within the budget. She estimated that three full-timers would cost a total of $100,000, depending on which insurance plan those people chose.

"In this economic time, this might not be a very good year," board member Leland Lemley said.

Without additional custodians, "we will have some critical issues at the high school in terms of cleanliness, safety and manpower," Dean said.

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Waynesboro Area Senior High School is in the midst of a $46 million renovation and expansion project that will effectively increase the size of the building by 60 percent. That project may prompt the district to delay the start of school until after Labor Day in 2009.

"We've run into some situations with the phasing of the high school project," said Gloria Walker, interim superintendent.

Workers might have to replace a terra cotta sewer pipe for an additional $90,000, and an issue with cafeteria tiles has also caused a delay, according to Dean.

She said general contractor Lobar Inc., of Dillsburg, Pa., estimates the building will be complete Aug. 29, 2009, although landscaping and other separate work could continue beyond that. Waynesboro joined other Franklin County, Pa., schools in starting after Labor Day this academic year, and the high school underwent a major cleaning and organizational effort over the holiday weekend.

Walker said she spoke with an administrator at the Franklin County Career and Technology Center to gauge how other districts might feel about starting late in 2009-10. Most seemed amenable to the proposal, she said.

"We need all the time we can get," Dean said.

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