Behind the scenes: It takes a variety of professionals to keep schools operating
For All That You Do: A video tribute on You Tube to OHSD Classified Employees.
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When walking through an Oak Harbor school, our attention is typically drawn to the classroom. We first notice faces of the students and then take in the interactions between students and teachers. And why not? Teaching and learning is what schools are all about.
Yet, there is so much more going on in our schools every single day. It takes a wide variety of professionals working together in the background to make all that teaching and learning possible.
Picture yourself in any Oak Harbor school and this is what you see:
- School buses, with caring and professional drivers at the helm, finishing their 45-minute routes, each safely dropping off 50-70 young passengers to start their day.
- The kids come in hungry and head to the cafeteria for a nutritionally-balanced breakfast - cooks, clerks, and cafeteria supervisors all in attendance.
- The office is full of parents and kids, with the school secretary and assistant answering questions, taking care of essential paperwork, comforting sick children.
- The school custodian might be tending to spills in the hallway or special needs in the bathrooms.
- You'll find instructional assistants in the classroom, in the halls, in the library, often providing a little one on one attention or helping students with their math and reading.
- In the computer lab, trained technicians are seen installing or upgrading student computers - a never-ending job with about 1,700 computers throughout our schools.
- Maintenance personnel - carpenters, electrician, painters, heating specialists - keep the 10 schools in good condition, a mammoth task considering there are 750,000 square feet and hundreds of classrooms, bathrooms, gymnasiums, and cafeterias to keep up.
- Outside, playground supervisors keep the chaos of playtime safe for thousands of children.
- Groundskeepers mow the lawn, pull weeds and prepare ball fields on 200 acres of school property.
- A delivery truck driver from the central warehouse might be delivering boxes of vegetables for lunch or picking up the day's mail.
- At the district's central office, business office staff prepare payroll, pay the bills, and send out invoices, providing the essential financial services to keep each school in operation.
- Secretaries help prepare the hundreds of reports and documents required to meet state and federal laws concerning enrollment, finances, special education, WASL, nutritional standards, employment, school board decisions, and much, much more.
They all deserve our deepest gratitude. This week is dedicated to our classified employees, the professionals who work daily in the background to keep our schools running. Without them, teaching would come to a halt and our classrooms would sit empty.
Many thanks to our bus drivers, school secretaries, instructional assistants, building maintenance crew, technology specialists, food service workers, janitors, grounds crew, registrars, library assistants, receptionists, interpreters, warehouse workers, Science Center coordinators, business office clerks, department secretaries, playground and lunchroom aides, mechanics, and all classified employees of the Oak Harbor School District. You are the BEST!