SCDSB Spotlight: Meet the Operations team!

At some point in your career at the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB), a member of the Operations team has supported your work. Whether it was getting your fob in your first week, a response to an emergency at a school or having your workspace cleaned by our dedicated custodial staff, these are all duties that fall under operations.

Some of the things that the Operations team manages include:

  • cleaning
  • pest control services
  • alarm response
  • emergency use of facilities
  • minor repairs
  • site and grounds maintenance, including: snowplowing, grass-cutting, sports fields and playground equipment

Along with the Manager, Susan Justus, Assistant Manager, Jaci Bowen and Central Operations Supervisor, Rick Mutuchky, the team also includes nine Regional Operations Supervisors (ROS) who are each responsible for a school area. The ROS team works mainly in school communities and are well-known by school staff.

“Our ROS staff are the ones that are first to be on site in an emergency situation,” says Jaci Bowen. “No matter what time of day, or the scale of the issue, everyone in our department is on call 24/7. Our custodial staff are also the first staff at schools in the morning to ensure they are ready for students and staff, and are the last ones as well to clean after the school day.”

All nine Regional Operations Supervisors, from left to right (back row): Jason Clatsoff, Dave Poole, Russell Sturmey, Karen Purdy, Suzanne Heidman and Rick Leal, (front row): Olimpia Cenerini, Steve Rehling and Phil Barratt

The Operations team also includes France Milne, Secretary and Barb Howey, Operations Clerk, who provide clerical support and support fob implementation for staff.

With cleaning as a major component of the Operations team’s responsibilities, they have worked diligently over the last few years to ensure that almost all of the cleaning products used are green and eco-certified.

They also focus on equipment and processes that are efficient, whether it’s low-noise vacuum cleaners (have you met ‘Henry’ yet!?), microfiber cloths, diamond polishing that eliminates the need for certain floor finishes and recycling of all paper products.

Members of the custodial team at the Education Centre, from left to right: Leeann Freeman, Winnie Stone, Margaret Sherd (Chief Custodian) and Jennifer Hook

What an amazing team! Thank you for all that you do to keep our schools and buildings safe and clean. Do you know how dedicated they are? At least three members of Operations have worked for the SCDSB for 30 years. What an accomplishment!

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