Royal Happenings: Custodial staff crucial in daily operations of buildings

Here at Watertown-Mayer Schools we have a dedicated and motivated custodial staff, which play a vital role in maintaining a safe and inviting atmosphere within the buildings of the school district.  The custodial staff is highly trained, and must be able to cover various roles and needs as they arise.  Our custodial staff is not only in tune with the facilities, but also with the people within them.  On any given day they may be repairing or maintaining equipment and systems, or making meaningful connections with our students.

The custodial department employs a total of 12 custodians district wide, 11 of whom are residents of Watertown. Each building has a Building Head Custodian who is responsible for maintenance on boilers, air handling units, work orders, assisting staff throughout the day and are assigned certain cleaning duties as well. Each building except the Primary School has a Night Lead Custodian, and the primary school does have an evening custodian; this person is the go-to person during the evening hours and makes sure we are ready for any evening events.

All custodians are cross trained and can work at any building if the need arises. During the summer months we hire two extra workers to help with the mowing and any projects we may have going on. Like all staff, we also have certain yearly training requirements as well  some of the topics are blood borne pathogens, employee right to know, confined space, PPE or personal protective equipment, lock out tag out, CPR, first aid, and AED’s. Just last year OSHA has mandated that anyone with a boilers license also do 8 hours of extra training a year as well.

The square footage of the high school/middle school is 301,904 and has 30 air handling units between them. The square footage of the elementary school is 89,943 and has seven air handling units, and the primary school is 64,707 square feet of building and has four smaller roof top units. When you add all the square footage up it comes to 457,554.

On a personal note, I would to take this opportunity to personally thank the custodial staff for all their hard work and dedication to the School District, kids and staff. Over the years there have been many challenges with the construction of new building and relocating the Primary School to the Elementary School, as well as the changes over the past two summers.  You have all met these challenges head on and got the job done.  Thank you!

— By Wade Miller, Facilities Manager


High School’s Stuff a Truck Food Drive a success

The Business Professionals of America (BPA) Chapter at Watertown-Mayer High School recently put on a food drive to collect non-perishable food items that they would send off to those in need.  With the help from their sponsor, Mackenthuns grocery store, they collected 650 food items and raised $245.

To help motivate students to participate, they had a quarterly competition with prizes for the winning classes.  The winner of the first quarter award was Ms. Pfeffer-Dittes’s class, while the winner of the second quarter was Ms. Strom’s class.  The chapter was very pleased with the turn out and is striving to find even more ways to give back to their community.

–By Nick Tschida

Royal Happenings is a weekly feature in the Carver County News. Content is provided by Watertown-Mayer students and staff.