Custodial staff readies Enfield schools for first day

By Calla Vassilopoulos - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Fri., Aug. 16, 2013
Joseph Dufresne is one of the nighttime custodians who has worked within the schools for more than 20 years. Photos by Calla Vassilopoulos
Joseph Dufresne is one of the nighttime custodians who has worked within the schools for more than 20 years. Photos by Calla Vassilopoulos

When school closes and the students get the summer off to sleep in, play with friends, attend camp and so on, the custodial staff kicks it up a notch, using summer vacation as their window of opportunity to clean the schools from top to bottom.

In Enfield, as in other towns throughout the state, as soon as the kids leave for summer vacation, every classroom, cafeteria, library, gymnasium and every other room in the schools are given a deep cleaning. Each school in the district has a team of janitors who work day and night to get the school ready for the following academic year.

According to Superintendent Jeffrey Schumann, the crews take all the furniture out room-by-room, sanitize everything, and then they put all the desks, chairs, and tables back in the proper locations. The janitors at Henry Barnard Elementary School are responsible for cleaning 27 classrooms, the administrative office, the nurse's room, the guidance counselors' office and other assorted rooms. 

“It's a nice break in the monotony,” said Judith Brand. “Your job changes for a couple months.”

Brand does janitorial work with Robert Maynard and Joseph Dufresne. Though the team said there is more labor and heavy lifting involved, Maynard and Dufresne agreed they don't mind the routine change. However, by the time the kids come back to school - which this year will be Sept. 3 - they look forward to seeing them and getting back to the regular routine of the school year.


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