After the classrooms have gone dark and the hallways are quiet, Greenwood Elementary School’s building supervisor, Mr. Dave Jones, and his team go to work preparing the school for the next day. Mr. Jones has been with the Kennett Consolidated School District since December 1999. After a brief time working in central maintenance, he was moved to Greenwood Elementary School.
“Everyone at Greenwood is fantastic,” he commented. “The teachers and administrators are great to work with, and I truly enjoy the kids.”
As the building supervisor, Mr. Jones oversees a night team of three people. In the summer, his team includes an additional college student or two. During the school year, his responsibilities include ensuring that the building operates smoothly and that everyone is comfortable and safe. In addition to making sure the building is clean, he makes or oversees repairs.
During the summer, Mr. Jones and his team clean every square inch of the building, including walls, windows, and blinds. All of the floors are stripped and waxed. “Our summer cleaning is more thorough than what can be done during the school year,” he explains. “The goal is for the building to be shiny and new for the first day of school.”
Prior to joining the Kennett Consolidated School District, Mr. Jones worked for 23 years at Service Star where he did everything except drive a truck. He holds his associate’s degree in business from Immaculata University. He attended Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology with his brother-in-law where he earned his heating, ventilating, and air conditioning, or HVAC, certification; his brother-in-law works with the Unionville Area School District.
Mr. Jones grew up in Cochranville. He and his wife, Sue, have two teenage daughters and a menagerie of animals. “We have goats, a horse, chickens, ducks, and two dogs,” he said. “My wife calls our place Green Acres!”
He and his family are very active with their church, Hephzibah Baptist Church in Coatesville. He is looking forward to chaperoning their Miracle Mountain Trip in August. Mr. Jones also enjoys fishing. His largest catch was a 42-inch barracuda that he caught in the Bahamas.