Maintenance crews prepare for back to school

In the Springfield School District, classes begin in just a few days and for maintenance workers the pressure is on.

Posted: Aug 31, 2018 7:15 AM
Updated: Aug 31, 2018 10:34 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- In the Springfield School District, classes begin in just a few days and for maintenance workers the pressure is on. The Springfield School District calls maintenance workers their “unsung heroes.”

Maintenance workers at Thurston High School said it is a hectic time of year for them because there is a lot to get done. Which includes packing and storing food in the freezers, repairing school buses, mapping out bus routes, and building new desks.

“Although our employees during the summer like to spend time with their families, sometimes they’re not able to because of the amount of work that has to happen during those times. So, when they dedicate themselves during the summer, they go all out,” said Tim Stephens, Assistant Supervisor of Operations and Transportations.

Stephens also said that schools in the Springfield District would be in shambles without these workers because they are the reason everything is clean and up to date. He also said summer is a perfect opportunity for workers to accomplish certain projects that they are unable to do when students are around.

Officials at the 4-J District said their maintenance crews are also cramming to get the schools ready for Eugene students.

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