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Wake County school system restores additional day per week of vacuuming and sweeping

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Wake County schools will get an additional day of sweeping and vacuuming per week for the new school year, reversing a cut that was made last year.

Wake got more money than expected from the state so the school board agreed last month to spend an additional $3 million on school cleaning. The money will allow schools to return to having their floors vacuumed and swept three times a week.

During last year's budget crunch, the school board eliminated 70 custodial positions and reduced vacuuming and sweeping to twice a week. Some parents have volunteered at schools to help pick up the slack.

The school board voted Tuesday to pay two companies an additional $1.1 million for the extra day of cleaning. School officials say other contracts are being negotiated and some of the custodians who were let go may be rehired.

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We'll Take It!

Anyone who spends time in a school throughout the school year knows how needed this extra day of cleaning really is!  One of the worst outcomes to limited vacuuming/sweeping is a growing presence of vermin.  Most schools restrict where food and beverages can be consumed, as well as what types of food and beverages can be consumed, and this certainly helps.  I also know that students are expected and encouraged to use trash cans and recycling bins, but at some point, if a cracker gets ground into a carpet or the student body tracks in mud, oil, and other dirty stuff on a messy-weather day, there's not much a teacher, assistant, or student can do to "clean up" well.

Further, I sure hope that as many folks as possible who were laid off last year can be rehired this year.  That would be a double-blessing.

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T. Keung Hui covers Wake schools.
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