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I have visited a number of schools that have had water running for extensive periods of time due to broken faucet washers, and despite numerous reports that I and other staff members have made. I cringed at the thought of the significant costs that the school districts must be paying for water and general repairs that are not timely addressed due to lack of a formal maintenance reporting system…

Schools and/or school districts should have maintenance hotlines or telephonic systems for reporting maintenance concerns, and/or they could enable their websites to receive maintenance requests/work orders or reports from any school staff or faculty member, or even students, to assure that the requests are properly and timely received and attended to…

Once a particular concern has been reported, it would be listed on the school maintenance request page of the schools’ and/or district website juxtapose the date of the initial report, for perusal by other potential remitters, who would be formally notified of the initial report in the event that they submit duplicate requests. The date that a maintenance request is resolved would also be listed on the school maintenance request page.

A system of the sort would facilitate the timely reporting of maintenance issues to proper sources, and, accordingly, save costs that accrue as a result of prolonged dilapidation. It just might bring attention to some concerns that would otherwise go unaddressed.

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