Not Frank Meadows.
"We need to get a sidewalk here in that circle," said Meadows
."With this road one way, there's no place to walk."
would know.As the safety coordinator for the Orange County Schools
, a job he's
held for nearly a decade, Meadows' prime concern is making sure students and staff stay, well, safe.
"Those bees, they're just like us," Meadows
said on a recent morning. 'They're just looking for something to eat." Meadows
began working in the Orange County Schools
in 1989, teaching economic, legal and political systems to high school students.Later he
taught health and physical education, which he
studied in college.
In 1996, the district made him the safety coordinator -- a job that keeps him driving among the county's 11 schools most of the day.
On that recent morning, he
drove to one school to deliver an employee a back brace.Then he
was back to his
office in the maintenance department, then off to Stanford Middle School
to check out the bee problem.While there, he
talked to the custodians about a winter break task of removing the carpet.
drove -- a white Orange County Schools
' maintenance pickup truck -- down U.S 70 to Churton Street, through downtown Hillsborough to Stanback Middle, to deal with two safety issues.
First, a few plates hiding electrical outlets under the floor had come loose.Some were duct-taped down, but most had left little holes in the floor, with outlets tucked inside.
Coins or gum from the pockets of middle-schoolers could fall in, or a narrow high heel could get stuck.Meadows
examined each, and arranged for each to be fixed.
Then, the mold.
A ground-floor maintenance room has continued to get moldy. Meadows
was just here a few weeks back, sporting a Tyvek suit and respirator, wiping down the walls with bleach.It smelled bad, but it worked.
Within minutes, Meadows
watched the brown-coated walls turn white.
However, because chiller pipes can make a room damp, and the room is already tucked in a dank ground-level corner, Meadows
knew the mold would come back.
So this day he
consulted with a contractor on the best way to install exhaust fans to dry the room.
And this was all before 11 a.m., and it was, Meadows
said, a slow morning.
pointed out, making the rounds of schools comes between safety trainings, such as the one on back safety, and meetings with other school officials.