Streetsboro -- Custodians and mechanics usually don't find themselves in the spotlight, but they were praised repeatedly by school administrators Aug. 13 during the Streetsboro School Board's annual tour of the school buildings.
"More than ever, I am impressed in the quality of work by the custodians and mechanics," Superintendent Michael Daulbaugh said after the meeting.
Throughout the tour, school officials talked about how the school workers cleaned and repainted rooms, waxed floors, and made the buildings presentable.
Custodians are Dave Clark, Randy Clark, Bryan Dean, Dennis Ellsworth, Don Grimes, Theresa Higgins, Donna Meager, Carol Miller, Ron Minard, Joe Schuster, Nick Schuster, Sean Speck, Jason Starcher, Kevin Thomas and Brandon Violi, while mechanics are Jeff Minard and Tony Szekely.
At the different buildings, new Smart Boards were on display.
"Every classroom that would use Smart Board technology has one," Daulbaugh said. Also, iPads, mini-iPads and Chromebooks were shown to visitors at the various buildings.
"We have mobile technology available," Campus Elementary School Principal Kris Cottrell said. "The students are so used to using this technology."
The tour was about more than new technology, though. It was about little things that add up to a lot, school personnel believe.
Cottrell talked about the "positive, cheerful" messages that appear on signs on the walls. They were words like "I am grateful," "I am honest and trustworthy," "Life is beautiful and "I enjoy every moment."
Cottrell said teachers had created fabric chair covers with small pouches in back.
"These teachers are so clever in decorating and utilizing rooms," Cottrell said.
At Wait Primary School, a special carpeted room off the main gym calms special needs youngsters. There is music, an area with padded blocks to climb on and a mini-trampoline.
"It helps center students who are out of sorts," Principal Amy Cruse said. "It is for students who need more physical movement."
The room previously held physical education equipment and curriculum supplies.
In another portion of Wait, teachers' supplies were moved to a small room that connects to the stage, so teachers can have better access to them. The neatly organized room is partitioned off using bookshelves.
"This is still a work room," Cruse said.
At Streetsboro Middle School, Principal Steve Hatch said students are "learning to be responsible with technology [like iPhones] as they would be in college or a work place."
Hatch talked about how silver-coated insulation wrap on ceiling fans in the gym should keep the paint from peeling.
At Henry Defer Intermediate School, Principal Bill Basel said two of the rooms had been repainted, including the art room, which he said was "brighter."
"We'll get on a cycle and repaint 5-6 rooms every year," said Basel, adding that restrooms also had some touch-up painting done to them.
A new replacement oven in the Defer kitchen with eight cooking racks that was paid for from permanent improvement funds is a huge upgrade over the previous one, Daulbaugh said.
Sound panels were added to the Defer special education room to turn it into a band room. Daulbaugh said Basel solved some scheduling difficulties by having sixth-grade band each morning while having fifth-grade band at mid-day.
At Streetsboro High School, Principal James Hogue showed off the new carpeting in the main office.
Daulbaugh added that a rug on top of the carpeting with the yellow and blue Rockets logo makes the room "much more inviting looking."
Hogue showed off a computer lab featuring 30 computers, the multiple disabilities room, the art room, the library with a computer lab in the lower level and the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) lab.
"The computers in the STEM lab process things fast," Hogue said. "Students flourish in this environment because they are problem solvers."
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