As I remember lessons taught me at the old Fallston School the proverbs “A penny saved is a penny learned” and “Waste Not, Want Not” were published anonymously by Benjamin Franklin in his “Poor Richard’s Almanac.” As I look this up right now on the internet, those phrases, according to the internet, were not origionally written by Franklin, but were picked up from the Bible and other sources and republished by Franklin.
So what if Franklin didn’t originally write these sayings, Old Ben figured they were worthwhile as valid lessons of life and people should be reminded of these lessons, in modern terms, every now and then. What matters is the thoughts behind these phrases and how they should apply to our own lives and businesses. That’s my thought as well as I try to apply these same lessons to the operations of the Cleveland County School system.
OK, the story goes like this. Amy Jones, Principal of Crest Middle School was selected as Principal of the Year and an awards ceremony was sponsored for her by Wells Fargo last Thursday, August 20, 2015. A number of school officials and the public attended. Someone noticed about 200 school desks, a bunch of filing cabinets and other such stuff had been cleared out of the school earlier in the summer and had been left out in the weather for two months or so-maybe.
There must have been some talk that if Robert A. Williams knew about this, he would write a scathing article about waste within CCS. Someone drove by Crest Middle School later that night and verified the school furniture was still outside. Friday, mid morning, I got a call asking me to come by Crest Middle School and “bring your camera.” So, I did.
I arrived at Crest Middle School around 1:30 PM and drove almost completely around the school looking for school desks, file cabinets, etc that was outside in the weather. I didn’t see any so I parked around the back near the trailer classrooms and decided to walk all the way around to the front.
I walked through the maze of trailer classrooms and noticed how old and “ratty” they were. Some of the wooden steps were in disrepair and appeared downright dangerous. They did not appear to meet building codes. The underpinning was rusted out in many places. Most of the wooden decking I was afraid to walk on. The whole arrangement appeared to be over 20 years old. I got my camera out and took a few pictures.
As I made my way around, I did see an area that fit the description of where the desks and office furniture were supposed to be located. I saw no desks. I did see a dumpster over flowing with trash and materials that upon closer examination clearly was full of items that needed hauling off to the dump. Nothing usable there. I say one five-drawer file cabinet and two tables that probably needed to be in the dumpster if the dumpster wasn’t already overflowing.