Maintenance Workers Are Getting Ready For Back-To-School

WICHITA FALLS, TX - While students and teachers may get some time to relax during the summer months, it's the busiest time of year for some school district employees.
 
Burkburnett ISD's Facility Director, Scott Riecker is making a final check on classrooms in Burkburnett High School. He's been the district's facility director for three years and said his team of 35 has to put in many hours and work together to get every project wrapped up in time.
 
Riecker said, " We have a generalized map that shows which route they take as far as finishing the floors and vacating the rooms and putting the furniture back and they usually follow that map year after year." 
 
The same goes for the maintenance team in the Wichita Falls ISD.
 
WFISD Maintenance Supervisor, Jimmy Medlinger said, "It can be a whirlwind, it can be overwhelming at times but you know, day by day, one bite at that cookie at a time, we get the task taken care of." 
 
Medlinger is in his first year with the WFISD and he said although some days can be tougher than others, it's one of the best jobs he's had, and one that certainly comes with rewards.
 
"We want the students to be proud of where they go to school at, we want the faculty, the staff, the administrators all to know that "hey we have a good system in place"," Medlinger added. "We do what we can behind the scenes to help the students learn." 
 
That entails a lot of things, like making sure each desk is clean and each electronic device is working properly, and school administrators said their dedication to their districts doesn't go unnoticed.
 
"We'd be lost without them," Haynes Elementary Principal, Cindy Underwood said.  "Sometimes they don't get the pat on the back that they deserve or the kudos and the thank you's so hopefully this is an opportunity for me to thank them publicly because we couldn't do it without them." 
 
These guys work really hard and they do indeed deserve all the praise they can get.

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