Bus drivers step in to assist maintenance staff following complaints at Erie School District

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Maintenance issues have recently been a problem for the Erie School District.

Glenwood Resident Jon Whaley reached out to JET 24 about his concern over the appearance of Erie High School.  “It’s someone’s job to clean the weeds and trim the grass and all that and it’s also someone’s job to make that person do his job. “

Superintendent of ESD, Brian Polito, says that it has been a busy summer.  There was movement through the district because of the reopening of Emerson Gridley. Also, he says, “Right now, with some of the resignations that happened over the last couple years and some medical issues, we’re down to one full-time person to maintain 150 acres.”

They say the district is supposed to have four full-time staffers and right now, they are nowhere near that.

Paul Fillak, Environmental Service Manager for ESD, says, “it’s been hard staying on track when you have to factor everything in; with the weather… The weather has just not let up and never slowed down; the grass just kept growing.”

Branches were picked up from the storm and the grass in the front of Diehl Elementary was mowed in the morning.  Due to the issue of being short-staffed, bus drivers were able to help the maintenance team with clean-up today.

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