Taking a closer look at the custodial budget.
Today’s K through 12 Building & Grounds Managers are continually challenged to do more with less. While addressing the overall budget numbers, school administrations around the state are slashing custodial budgets again. Does this mean dirty schools for the coming year? Custodial operations were, at one time, just a necessary part of providing a good education for our children. Now it represents a large piece of the overall M&O budget, a budget under constant scrutiny.
Where did that budget number come from over the years? In many cases, it was just there. As administrators, how would you like some answers as to what the number (budget) should be for your district? After all, a supply like floor finish is based on your demographics and square footage of the floor surface to be coated. We as a supplier see custodial staffs deciding when to coat a floor and how many coats to apply. If you asked your managers how many gallon of finish you need, I will bet you a cup of coffee the answer is based on what they used last year. Matter of fact, how many mangers know the square footage of the area to apply floor finish?
As long as the custodian manages your budget, and you continue to drive costs out by buying at a low price you will not solve the custodial dilemma. Look around your schools and see the overstocking of supplies in the nooks and crannies of the school. Who’s managing the inventories? Just what should the number look like?
Risk management is becoming a bigger issue for administrators. This has added to the operational costs. When a MRSA outbreak happens, many administrators are bypassing their staff and calling in the “professionals”. These issues will continue to plague our schools. We need to put cleaning processes in place that lower our risk and provide process documentation for all concerned.
Pike Systems can help you through the budget dilemma. We can provide you with the answers you need to provide a healthy learning environment. We will help you address budgets constraints and tell you the impact less dollars will have on the environment. We bring over 25 years of experience working with schools as well as the support of manufacturers who also know the school environment.
If you want a budget number that is backed with meaning, Pike Systems can help! For more information on Hillyard’s new Cleaning Cost Analysis Program, watch this video on a program that gives you the tools you need to justify departmental expenditures on both labor and supplies: