Custodians get chance to catch up on odd jobs during Spring Break

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo John Potock, 31, has worked as a custodial with Clovis Municipal School for about two years. Spring break gives Potock the chance to buff the floors in the home economics and other rooms in the school that are usually too busy to be buffed.

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

A school custodian’s spring break is a few days off followed by a lot of catchup work. But they’re not complaining.

John Potock, 31, who has worked at Marshall Middle School for two years, went catfishing in Oklahoma during his break, which lasted from Friday until Tuesday. Potock said he fishes when he can, and having a few extra days during a semester is nice.

However, there was work waiting when he returned to his job Wednesday.

Kevin Cass, coordinator of custodial and facilities for Clovis Municipal Schools, said the week that students and teachers are on vacation is a busy week for his staff of 99 custodians and maintenance workers.

“This is the week where we get to the things we can’t while the kids are here,” Cass said. “Locker rooms, gyms, weight rooms.”

The custodial staff at Marshall enjoys the unusually quiet marble hallways.

Most of the school year is dedicated to maintenance, but the breaks give the staff a chance to deep clean.

“This is how we like it,” said Danae Huerta, 32, as her staff of three headed to the home economics room to buff the floor. Huerta has worked as a custodian with Clovis Municipal Schools for four years.

Huerta and co-worker Ron Needham didn’t do anything special during the five-day break.

“I hung out at home. I had a honey-do list from my wife,” Needham said. “And my grandkids came over.”