In a recent Grand
interview, Stoney Welsh was asked if our maintenance team is large
enough to properly maintain our builidings. He responded: "... it's not
so much a numbers' game as an education — a redirection of priorities."
In some respect, this answer is right-on — education is needed to
get our maintenance staff to share the vision of how our buildings are
to be maintained. But the question of whether we need more maintenance
staff is not so easily shrugged off. If it takes 20 minutes to mop the
hallways on one floor, that represents a 60 hours per week to mop all
hallways on all floors of all sections of all buildings. Is our maintenance
team prepared to invest enough time for this basic task and still get
other tasks done? Indeed, I've heard frequent complaints of halls not
being cleaned or half-done repair jobs being left for months on end. Either
we don't have the enough staff, or our management of that staff
needs to be improved.