Marshalltown Schools exceptional custodial staff celebrated on National Custodial Workers Recognition Day

The custodial team at Marshalltown Community School District plays a vital role in the health, safety, and security of thousands of Bobcat students and staff every day. Today is National Custodial Workers Recognition Day, and we thank the dedicated custodians across the District for everything they do to maintain great learning environments for students.

Marshalltown Schools custodians work to clean, sanitize, and maintain hundreds of thousands of square feet of school building space. They also ensure school building security throughout the day and night, move equipment and supplies within the buildings, and have stepped up deep cleaning and sanitation efforts this school year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I am very proud of what each one of our custodians¬†accomplish with their schedule,” said District Buildings and Grounds Custodial Supervisor Travis James.¬†“I am proud of how they have taken on the disinfecting of the rooms and common places. Each one of our custodians take ownership of their building and are very responsible for them.”

Meet a few members of the excellent Marshalltown Schools custodial team below!

Teresa Bellus is a familiar face in several District buildings, from Central Office and Marshalltown Learning Academy to the bus barn and Four Oaks.

Bellus takes care to ensure commonly-touched areas are thoroughly disinfected throughout her buildings. She said she enjoys making connections with her fellow District employees.

“I like the daily interaction with the people,” she said.

Miller Middle School custodian Jeff Braddock goes the extra mile to ensure the building’s classrooms, hallways, offices, and other spaces are in great shape to provide the best learning environment possible.

Braddock brings a positive attitude to Miller every day, and he said there is a strong theme of “teamwork, teamwork, teamwork” among the six custodians at the building. He said student safety and security is always a focus of the Miller custodial team.

Scott Randall said one of his favorite aspects of being a the head custodian at Marshalltown High School is that he never knows exactly what they day will bring.

“There’s always something to do, it changes from moment to moment,” Randall said. “I love to keep moving, I’m one of those people who is always on the move, and I like a challenge.”

He said he also enjoys the responsibility of overseeing the many custodial duties at the largest school in the District.

Thank you to Teresa Bellus, Jeff Braddock, Scott Randall, all of their fellow MCSD custodial team members – you play a key role in ensuring our schools are safe, secure, and enriching places for young Bobcats to learn and grow. Happy National Custodial Workers Recognition Day!