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Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Education and Human Development


Maintenance and custodial staff contribute to education by optimizing the comfort of the learning environment. This paper analyzes the custodial services required to run a central New York public school in order to determine the true scope of its necessary resources. The author considers a number of estimating models, including Steen’s Method and Fildes’ Method, and uses Pyoski’s Method to determine the school’s custodial requirements. The author determines that the Watkins Glen school system does not have adequate staff to care for its grounds. He suggests expanding the staff, and he offers suggestions about how to best distribute the work among staff. Appendices include floor plans, work requisition forms, time management/resource calculation forms, and questionnaires distributed to maintenance and custodial personnel.


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