Monday, February 14, 2011

Your Taxpayer's Dollars at Work

Your Taxpayers' Dollars at Work

June 14, 2004: I submit a work order to maintenance. One of the handles to my classroom window has broken off. Thought the job could be completed over the summer, so that when the cold weather eventually set in, we'd be all cozy.

February 4, 2011: A maintenance man comes to Room 215 to see about repairs.

He: "Looks like they fixed up this window nice."

I: "You're looking at the wrong window."

He: "Huh? Oh, it's that one on the left that's broke? Maybe that's why all that cold air is seeping in."

I: "Perhaps. Do you pride yourself on promptness?"

He: "Yes, ma'am." He scans the almost seven-year-old summons. "I wonder why they sent me out here today?"

I: "Ummmmm...to fix the window?"

He: "You'll have to fill out a work order for that."

Well, Our Humble High School is almost 45 years old. At this rate, I suppose I'll have to wait another decade or so.

14 comments:

Trooper Thorn said...

I'm impressed you have been able to keep the detached handle around for the seven years. That's an achievement.

Ms.Wasteland said...

It's like you work for the federal government or something.

mama-face said...

Are you kidding????? I know you're not, but that's all I can think of to say!!

Sarah said...

This could be so funny if it isn't so sad. They can't even blame it on the economy.

Cheryl said...

Sounds like a bad case of bureacracy. And what mama-face said.

Krystal said...

youuu are kidding me

blueviolet said...

What in the world? Dude, just fix the window!!! All that paperwork is so dumb.

Tara R. said...

Wha!? Maybe you should have shown him out of your room, through the broken window.

Nance said...

True Story: In my old high school, as in over 120 years old, and before they built the NEW ONE (finally, this year), I had a work order in for 5 years because none of the windows would STAY UP when you opened them.
Finally, after 5 years, they were fixed...BY SCREWING THEM SHUT.
I. KID. YOU. NOT.

Erin Holton said...

Wow! I'm an education major in Alabama and as much as I enjoyed reading your humorous post, this is really quite depressing! I guess I'd better start psyching myself up! I'm not sure if I would be able to remain so patient! Good luck with your window!
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Mrs4444 said...

That is seriously unbelievable.

Anonymous said...

I know it's kind of of the subject, but your post reminded me of the lack of funding at my school and a great program I came across. It's called Pets in the Classroom and gives grants to teachers so they can have small pets in their room. I just wanted to give you other teachers out there a heads up: http://www.petsintheclassroom.org/index.html.

Anonymous said...

I know it's kind of of the subject, but your post reminded me of the lack of funding at my school and a great program I came across. It's called Pets in the Classroom and gives grants to teachers so they can have small pets in their room. I just wanted to give you other teachers out there a heads up: http://www.petsintheclassroom.org/index.html.

miss jo said...

This is rich. Have you started a pool to bet on when the window gets fixed ?

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