custodians? Here is just a bit of what we have dealt with in the past year: Our "head" custodian had a stroke. He's back, but much, much slower (and I think he takes advantage of our sympathy for him. Our district superintendent laid off all but one of the afternoon "sweepers" (part-time room cleaners), leaving one sweeper and our "assistant" custodian after 2pm. The following things have occurred after 2pm or after school hours: I have had my iPhone disappear from my teacher table, then mysteriously show up behind my student computers two days later (and yes, I tore my room apart looking for it to no avail. Not one, but 2 digital cameras "disappeared" from my room (about $600 worth of cameras), and 3 more went missing from other classrooms. School laptops that were equipped with locks, locked to the laptop table, in a locked classroom, disappeared between one day and the next morning - the steel cables were cut. Someone was watching porn in our library (on the Smartboard screen) at 7pm. The Friday before Thanksgiving break, I let my kiddos watch "How to Train Your Dragon," and left the DVD in my teacher computer. Imagine my surprise when I returned a week later to discover that my G rated DVD had mysteriously changed to an Austin Powers movie! (I hate Austin Powers, by the way) Two summers in a row, my floor was waxed without being cleaned first - they just waxed over tape, dirt, even cake crumbs last year This summer, my floor wasn't done at all This is my fourth year at the same school. My a/c filter has been changed once - when I specifically asked about it a year ago. I have requested it (in writing) twice now - and it has not been done. Last year, the a/c (same kind) at another school caught fire because the filter was so filthy! I am the only person who ever dusts or cleans student desks, windows, blinds, shelves, anything Half the time, instead of removing the trash bag when emptying our trash cans, the evening custodian simply empties the trash, leaving the old (sometimes torn, nasty) bag in the can. My rug was not vacuumed at all last year My room was only mopped about 5 times all year. Those are just what I know about - it's ridiculous! Please tell me that our situation is not the norm... I'd love to hear about good custodians! I really miss "my" sweeper - she was wonderful! My grandparents worked menial jobs (my granddad was on the highway crews) and taught me that, no matter what you do for a living, you should do it well. Unfortunately, our custodians don't have that kind of work ethic.