For La Crosse Custodians, Summer Break Is When Work Starts
By Madeline Sky, Weekend Meteorologist - bio | email
LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Bill Stegen is the building engineer at Lincoln Middle School. He's worked as a custodian in the La Crosse School District for 27 years and every year, he gets the same question.
“They ask us 'what are you going to do with you summer off?'” said Stegen. “We don't have the summer off.”
According to Stegen, it's just the opposite. While during the school year custodial crews are busy cleaning classrooms and keeping schools in working order, the more intensive work is saved for the summer.
“End of the year when the kids are gone,” said Stegen, “that's when the work begins for the custodial crews.”
After the students leave for the summer, schools are cleaned and sanitized from floor to ceiling. In addition to that, other maintenance like painting and patching walls is also done. This is because it's much easier to do repairs in an empty building as opposed to one with 400 middle school students.
And although Stegen said one of the best parts of his job is interacting with the students and staff, he also said he's glad when they leave for the summer.
“When they're not here we get so much more work done,” said Stegen. “And it's quiet.”
This summer custodians in the La Crosse School District have to do things a little differently.
“This year we're kind of [doing] an abbreviated clean because of the new Northside School,” said Stegen. “They're going to be pulling a lot of custodians out so they can move the new school in.”
To get everything done in time for the August move, Stegen says his custodial crew will be working in “hyperdrive” this summer.
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