Broadalbin-Perth’s buildings and grounds staff is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance and cleaning of the district’s facilities. The district employs 16 custodians, two maintenance mechanics, a groundskeeper and a supervisor to maintain more than 346,000 square feet of building space and the surrounding grounds.
Last year, the district eliminated two full-time custodian positions and replaced two half-time groundskeepers with one full-time groundskeeper. Custodians who are on the day shift – three at the Broadalbin site, two at Perth – are responsible for cleaning messes that occur during the day. Custodians on the night shift – seven at Broadalbin, four at Perth – do the majority of routine cleaning. Each night custodian is responsible for cleaning approximately 31,500 square feet each night – the equivalent of cleaning ten 3,150 square-foot homes every day.
In general, is the buildings and grounds staff doing a good job of maintaining the district’s facilities? If not, what do you think should be improved?
- Wal-Mart donates excess supplies – such as grass seed, mulch and fertilizer – to the district to use in maintaining its grounds. The company also donates goods whose packaging has been damaged – such as paper towels – to the district.
- Last year, the district purchased new grounds equipment that will cost taxpayers $25,000 per year over the next five years (a 0.25% impact on the tax levy). The equipment helps the district’s groundskeeper cut grass faster and aerate the district’s athletic fields – something the district has paid outside agencies to do in the past.