UAHS custodians labor under the pressure of maintaining the new school.
BY SAFIA MALHOTRA ’24, LUCY MILLER ’22 AND FIA GALLICCHIO ’22. GRAPHICS BY MTEGAN MCKINNEY ’22. PHOTO BY BELLA VANMETER ’22.
The custodial staff at Upper Arlington High School has faced countless challenges over the
course of the first quarter: bathroom vandalism, underemployment and disrespect from students.
They have continued to do their best to clean up after nearly 2000 students, but with a lack of help from administrators and students, along with the devious TikTok trend, the weight of maintaining the seemingly effortless perfection of the three-story high school has fallen on the shoulders of the UAHS custodians.
NEW SCHOOL, NEW PROBLEMS
The change from the old school to the new school may seem like old news now; however, it still has a drastic effect on the environment of UAHS as a whole.
The new school has many new features,
one of those being a significant size difference from the old school. While this has excited both students and staff, it came with a variety of drawbacks—especially for the custodial staff.
Scott Moon, a custodian at UAHS, has a few grievances about the increased size of the school.
“Just think where our custodian room is: it’s actually like walking from the first door, from the front door, the north, all the way to the south and vice versa,” Moon said. “Every time we go to the custodian room and back out, that’s like walking the length of the building. We probably do that 8-9 times a day at least.”
Custodians also feel as if they aren’t getting as much help as they would like from the administration.
“We want them to, but they haven’t,” Moon said.
The UAHS administration said that this was something they were working on.
“I touch base daily with the first shift custodians, and I am currently working
on scheduling a time to meet with all custodians so we can get to know each other, celebrate each other and share issues and concerns,” vice principal and custodial supervisor Jennifer Mox said.
Administration has little else to say on the overall environment of the custodial staff. On a variety of occasions, they have ignored or responded ambiguously to questions regarding improvements to the staff.
“[They are] working on how to best address any issues,” Mox said.
However, students and staff do recognize the attempts from administrators.
“I think the administrators are making a good effort in making sure students try to pick up their trash and clean up after themselves as well as respect the spaces,” senior Adham Hamed said.
Hamed still points out the fact that “there hasn’t really been too much improvement” in regards to the treatment of the custodial staff in the change from the old building to the new building.
“That’s not to say there has been no improvement though,” Hamed said.