On March 15th, Goodrich school had a chance to
celebrate the unsung heroes of District 68.
Each year we gather at Goodrich to show our appreciation for our
maintenance staff. These men and women
work tirelessly to keep our schools clean and safe. That is not an easy task. Ask any parent with young children; now
imagine cleaning up after 300 children.
Yet that is just a small part of what they do for us.
heroes plow parking lots, keep sidewalks and paths clear of ice, plant and
maintain garden beds in the fall, spring and summer, and ensure floors are dry
after wet boots have left their trail through the halls several times each
day. They prepare our “cafegymatoriums” for both breakfast and
lunch services and make sure it is ready for PE classes or an assembly
in Woodridge share their land with numerous members of Mother Goose’s extended family. This often becomes problematic for recess and
outside PE classes as the geese are not well trained. Yet, paths are cleared before classes take
the fields. If those pesky geese could just be potty trained! On a
related note, it is amazing what young children can flush. Sadly, adults have flushed key cards and
earrings that have been fished out of the strangest places. Our maintenance staff is indeed creative. They are
called upon to assemble, construct, disassemble, repair and design ideal
learning environments for all stakeholders.
The last few years showed dramatic changes in the area of technology.
Our crews met the challenge and rewired classrooms and offices, mounted ceiling
cameras, hung SmartBoards, etc. in addition to their everyday duties. They continue to amaze us with their talents,
ingenuity and work ethic.
think their long work day might be completed; they may be called upon to change
a flat tire in freezing temperatures or jump start a car with a dead
battery. They do so without reservation. They are truly our heroes. We would be lost
without our maintenance crew.
the Director of Building and Grounds for District 68 will be retiring this
spring. It was under his direction that this department ran seamlessly through
the years. His talent and gentle leadership will be missed. We offer him our sincere appreciation and
wish him a “Good-Rich” retirement.