Custodian Cautions Against Privatization Plan

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On behalf of the custodians of Woodbridge Township I would like to say something about privatizing. It is a proven fact that it doesn’t work and will cost the district more in the long run.

The goal here is the safety of our students. I am presently a custodian at Woodbridge High School. I also worked at other levels. I work nights now but have also worked days at the high school.

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I, like many other of our custodians, have developed a rapport with many of our students that trust me. I don’t know how many times a student came to me and said “Mr. O, can I borrow a few dollars? I left my lunch money home.” Or at night when a student got back late from practice and said to me “Mr. O, do you have jumper cables? My car won’t start?” Or need a book from their locker because they have an important test the next day. I am there for them just as if they were my own child.

How about the freshman who comes to a school the size of Woodbridge High for the first time and is scared to death and all of a sudden they see a familiar face that was there to help them when they were in grammar or middle school. Their eyes light up and they feel safe.

Well that won’t happen anymore if you bring in total strangers that aren’t from our district or community. There will be no more custodian-student trust. These replacements will be there just to do their job and they won’t be concerned with the safety of our children. I wouldn’t want to be the parties responsible if one of these replacements hurt a student in any way.

All parents with children in the Woodbridge School system should be very concerned and worried about your children’s safety.

Dennis Olivero
Fords


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