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Friday, June 25, 2010

New Lockers Part Of School Renovation

Guest Post Written and Submitted By: Eustachy Nowicki

Being the principal of a large middle school is not an easy job. You can imagine the kinds of problems I have to deal with on a daily basis during the school year. But the job does not get any easier during the summer break either. There are always things to do during the break to make sure that the school and its facilities are prepared for the rigors of the school year. When you have hundreds of 13 to 15-year old kids running around the school every day, believe me, the school takes quite a beating.

This summer, the school district approved a renovation of my school that involves replacing the lockers in the school. But the budget was quite tight, so it was time to go shopping for the best deal. was my choice for supplying the school with replacement lockers as part of this renovation. They guarantee the lowest prices and the biggest selection of lockers. Their customer service team is one of the best in the industry, willing to go the extra mile to make sure every customer is satisfied, and their projects are completed on schedule and under budget.

My school has two sets of lockers. The first is standard school lockers. We have rows of lockers along pretty much every corridor of the school. Previously, two students had to share each locker, but during the renovation, we were able to find designs that enabled us to stack lockers to save space. These lockers weren't much more expensive than single lockers either, so in the new school year, my students are going to get individual lockers. Maybe that by itself will reduce my headaches during the school year!

In addition, there are gym lockers in the boys' and girls' gyms in the school. These lockers are bigger than the regular student lockers. Previously, we used to have completely closed lockers in this area. You can imagine the reek created by dozens of sweaty athletes storing their workout clothes and uniforms in these lockers. I daresay our budget for air fresheners was higher than our budget for sports uniforms. But was able to suggest vented lockers that are ideally suited for areas like gyms because they allow odors to dissipate much quicker. This makes the gym areas much more sanitary and easier to maintain and clean.

Overall, I am very pleased with how this project has gone. The new lockers look good, and in my limited testing, they work well. I think my students will also be excited with these lockers. I think my student athletes in particular will appreciate the change since lockers were always the biggest area of complaints for them before. The old lockers were put in when the school was constructed in 1996. I hope the new lockers are as long-lasting, and stick around for the next 14 years too!

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