Story by Abby Beauregard, Trey Rice and Sam AaronIMG_9752

With the new school year comes the chance for improvement, something that students know all too well. However this year, the school is making room for improvement after a poor housekeeping rating the previous year.

“I don’t have an exact number, but it was not good. We were at the bottom in the district,” Assistant Principal Will McGinty said.

The school’s housekeeping rating is determined by custodians from other schools, who are brought in to judge the school.

“They’ll have a checklist, they go through the checklist and they’ll see how our facilities rank in comparison to other facilities,” McGinty said.

Determined to better their rating, the school has embarked on an effort to clean up and ensure a higher rating in the future, an effort that students seem supportive of.

“I think it’s very responsible for them to clean up the school,” senior Logan Helmandollar said.

Students also understand that the task of keeping the school clean is a big one and that the custodial staff is doing all it can.

“I think [the staff] keeps up with it. They do a great job,” junior Autumn Franklin said.

The school is putting measures in place to make sure that the custodian’s hard work is optimized in order to meet the goal they’ve set for this year.

“Our goal is to win the good housekeeping award this year. We’ve developed a game plan. We’ve made sure each one of our custodians has a designated area and they’ve got certain rooms they’re required to clean each night,” McGinty said. “We’ve developed a checklist or an evaluation system to make sure that we’re evaluating the custodians on a daily basis to make sure that we are getting cleaner results as far as our building goes.”

Administration has also adopted some preventative techniques to help make sure that the upkeep they’re doing is maintained well.

“One of the things we’re doing this year is we’re not allowing people to tape posters to the wall. We’ve put up corkstrips and bulletin boards so if students need to get a message out they can put it on the corkstrip or bulletin board, but we don’t want it taped to the wall. The tape tends to pull of the paint and we don’t want to have to repaint,” McGinty said.

Students are understanding of the school’s effort, but some are raising concerns about what the new rules mean for them.

“I understand the thought process behind the rule but it makes it so much more complicated to hang up posters where people are actually going to see them.” Senior Anna Wolverton said.

Despite the long road ahead, McGinty is confident that the plans being put in place will help ensure a high rating for the school.

“I’m thrilled to be here. I think we’ve got a game plan to make our custodial scores go up and so right now we have lost a couple of custodians so with the opening of the new school at Chapin Intermediate, they have pulled some of our custodians,” McGinty said. “Having said that we’re still going sit there and make due and we’re going to make sure we’ve got the best facility in the district.”