Who keeps a school running behind the scenes?

March 26, 2013

By Sophie Mittelstaedt

Walking through the front doors of Issaquah High School, it is evident that the school is a well-oiled machine.

Flamboyant posters advertise numerous clubs and Associated Student Body events. Students mingle in the commons and walk past on their way to math help. The grounds are very safe, clean and well-groomed.

Sophie Mittelstaedt Issaquah High School

Sophie Mittelstaedt
Issaquah High School

The question: Who runs this machine that is Issaquah High School? If you hang around the school for some time, you will most likely spot one of these people, like custodian Steve Holeman.

Although few may notice, he is always around the campus. In fact, he works from noon to 8 p.m. every day, so students do not even witness the majority of his work.

“Students do not realize that being a custodian is an enormous job,” English teacher Nan Alvey said.

Aside from the regular cleaning of the commons, the custodians tidy the classrooms and bathrooms, empty garbage and help set up for special events, such as schoolwide assemblies or private teacher events.

“They do an excellent job,” Alvey said. “Being a mom, I come home and wish that they had cleaned my house, too.”

Maintaining Issaquah High School is not only a difficult task, it is also necessary in order to maintain a positive atmosphere at the school. As students, we are lucky to have these people working behind the scenes, and we should acknowledge their hard work whenever possible.

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