Build­ing ser­vice work­ers pre­pare for school year

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The hall­ways of John Han­son Mid­dle School and Thomas Stone High School shine like a skat­ing rink. The scent of sham­poo hangs in the air at Arthur Mid­dle­ton El­e­men­tary School be­fore build­ing ser­vice man­ager James Turner revs up a ma­chine that re­sem­bles a small, push Zam­boni on a mis­sion to deep clean the car­pet.

It’s “go time” for build­ing ser­vice work­ers around the county. School starts for stu­dents on Sept. 5, and build­ing ser­vice teams are hit­ting the ground run­ning.

Han­son’s crew spent a re­cent morn­ing scrap­ing old wax from the cafe­te­ria floor, prep­ping it for a new coat. The school’s in­spec­tion is com­ing up at the end of the month.

“We’re killing our­selves get­ting ready,” Lon­nie Wil­son, build­ing ser­vice man­ager, said. “All this work? We have to get it done,” Wil­son said in a news re­lease.

Build­ing in­spec­tions take place through­out the month, April Mur­phy, su­per­vi­sor of op­er­a­tions for Charles County Pub­lic Schools, said.

In­spec­tions al­low for build­ing ser­vice man­agers and work­ers to dis­cuss with op­er­a­tions staff what they need to keep their schools look­ing pris­tine. “We make sure we’re all on the same page be­fore school starts,” Mur­phy said.

In­spec­tors visit schools to look around, mak­ing sure the car­pets are in good con­di­tion, bath­room fix­tures are in order, the wax on the floor has that shine and the school’s clean­ing equip­ment is work­ing. “A clean en­vi­ron­ment re­news en­ergy,” Mur­phy said in the re­lease. “It gets ev­ery­one ready for the new year.”

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