What do you do?
Erasmo Ruiz-Madrid

Where do you work and what is your title?
       Midland International Elementary. I'm the building manager.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
       Fixing everything that breaks, keeping the school safe, helping teachers and staff with whatever they need for their classrooms and making sure the building is clean for the students the next day. I'm also responsible for the grounds – snow removal and mowing.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
       Twelve years with District 11. The last five years at Midland.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
       The schedule and working with the kids. The Westside is different from working at other schools. It's smaller and older. My son goes to school here as well.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
       Fewer germs so the kids don't get sick.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
       At the end of the day when it's time to go home, getting shoes and balls that were thrown on the roof. Other times, we've had wasps in the pipes of the slide and the monkey bars, and skunks under the portable classroom.
What makes working on the Westside special?
       Friendly people, the view of the mountains and deer visiting the school.

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