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Callie on the Job: Johnston City School janitor

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WSIL -- During the summer one of the last things we think about is school, but not everyone that works at a school gets a summer vacation. News 3's Callie Carroll wanted to see what janitors have to do when school is not in session in this week's Callie on the Job. 

In May, once the last test is taken and the lights go out for the summer, School janitors have three months with an empty building. 

School janitor Randy McIntosh said, "We go through the rooms and we clean the furniture in the rooms, then we take it out into he hallway, then we go back into the rooms and clean the walls, the carpets, tile. We change the lights, fix the balance and clean all the lights and fixtures in the room."

During the school year the janitors clean up after the students, but in the summer they make repairs and clean the building inside and out. Each classroom and hallway gets a thorough cleaning. But the biggest undertaking? Resurfacing the gym floor. This project takes a whole week. 

"It keeps it from getting really slick and then the kids falling during the ball game or something, and helps maintain the appearance of the floor," McIntosh said.

Resurfacing starts by covering the bleachers, cleaning the floor, removing the gum and scuffs, then using a screen pad to remove the old finish. 

After 31 years, Randy McIntosh has mastered the buffer pretty well. After the floor is buffed, a solvent is poured to get the remaining finish off of the floor. The last step is a polyurethane seal being poured to seal the gym floor. 

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