Who keeps a school running behind the scenes?

March 26, 2013

By Sampurna Basu

More than 2,000 students roam the halls of Skyline High School every day.

That is more than 2,000 plastic water bottles waiting to be dropped, and more than 2,000 pieces of gum waiting to miss the trash can. Despite these possibilities, the school’s custodial team makes sure that every day runs as smoothly as the last.

“Our goal and biggest focus is creating a safe learning environment for students with no distractions,” said Mr. Buchanan, Skyline’s head custodian. “We make sure everything is running behind the scenes so that the kids can keep doing what they do best.

Sampurna Basu Skyline High School

Sampurna Basu
Skyline High School

“I am very proud of my custodial team and we take great pride in maintaining the school.” He included a shout out to Mohammed, the custodian who opens the school every morning.

“There is no telling what he faces as the first eyes and ears of the school. It is a tough job. There are also the custodians that people don’t see as much, for example those that work from 4 p.m. until midnight.”

Buchanan said about his most memorable moment: “It would have to be opening day after the completion of the remodeling of Skyline. We were running all over the place to make sure the portable heaters were working, to fix any leaks or to deal with anything else that came up. For the first couple weeks, it felt like every day was an accomplishment.”

Lastly, Buchanan talked about Skyline students.

“These have been the best, most considerate, most polite students that I have ever worked with,” he said. “They, along with the staff, are just fantastic.”

Kind and generous words from a man who truly makes Skyline a better place. A big thank you to Mr. Buchanan and his entire team for all they do at Skyline High School

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