Dept. of Education looking into different ways to maintain city schools

The city council is asking the Department of Education how maintenance problems in school buildings can be dealt with more quickly and efficiently.

The city council found out that many drinking fountains in Bronx schools have been broken for months. Now the council wants to know what the Department of Education is doing about this and other building problems.

Currently, designated custodians are in charge of maintaining most Bronx school buildings. But getting anything other than minor work done can take months. The department wants custodians to have more power and is even considering using more private management companies to keep buildings in order. But Department of Education officials say hiring outside help may be financially irresponsible.

The public will have a chance to speak about city schools on Thursday, November 20. The hearing is from 4 to 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall.

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