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I hate windows

And I'm actually NOT talking about the computer program.

So, was at my school that's supposed to get the new windows. Which it has, they're just not in the wall. They're leaned up against my shelving. All but about 4 bays are covered. There are 12 sets of 3-windows, piled 3 deep.

As I was sitting there this afternoon, one of the board maintenance guys shows up to put a bulletin board up in the hallway. I know him (only to the extent I see him at all my schools and I'm a friendly sort, so yanno, I'm nice to him), and he peeks around the corner and says that I've got windows.

I agree and he then tells me it's gonna be about 3 weeks before they get put in. I squeaked "Three weeks?" And am informed that they're doing renos on another school (which I knew about) so that's why they weren't done. (Actually, there were two schools getting major renos--and one isn't opening til the 8th). I told the guy I can't have library classes with the windows IN THE LIBRARY AND IN FRONT OF MY SHELVES.

He laughed and walked out.

Luckily for him, I was still processing the three weeks thing or I might've flown across the desk at him. I am so frustrated. I'm not a classroom teacher, I can't just move elsewhere. The only room on the first floor I could possibly yanno, take a few boxes of books down to is down a few steps, so i can't use a book cart. The only other empty rooms are upstairs and we don't have an elevator. And I bloody well shouldn't have to relocate--they had all summer to get this done. Apparently this was a board wide problem, lots of schools got screwed over because of the two huge reno jobs.

I'll faint if anything actually gets done within 3 weeks--I'm thinking I'll be lucky if I can have library classes within 3 months. The only good thing if I can't have the kids in the library (for however long), I can maybe get a good start of the absolute fucking mess that is the staff resources.... *sigh*


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Sep. 3rd, 2014 06:48 pm (UTC)
The windows are three set together (each one regular window width) and they're at least 6 feet tall; and there's 12 sets of 3. Ain't no way I'm moving those on my own. Otherwise, yeah, I'd move 'em.
Sep. 3rd, 2014 03:30 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure how big they are or how heavy but if this was me and I could move them then I would. I'd stack them in the hallway and when asked about it I'd reply, well I can't have library class without access to books so they had to be moved. I'm also passive aggressive enough that I might accidentally break one while moving them but that might hold you up longer waiting for a replacement.
Sep. 3rd, 2014 06:52 pm (UTC)
No, these are 3 normal width windows per set and they're about 6 feet tall. No way I could move them on my own; even if the day janitor helped me, I don't think we could move them. And I'd get in shit if I put them in the hallway as it's the main hallway the kids use coming/going from the busses.

I just really hope it's only 3 or 4 weeks before they get to it.
Sep. 3rd, 2014 05:17 pm (UTC)
I deal with much smaller things than that. But I go by the philosophy that if someone leaves something for me to put away, then I get to decide where to put it.
Sep. 3rd, 2014 06:53 pm (UTC)
If they were smaller, I would move them. However they're 3 normal width windows per set and about 6 feet tall. There's no way I could even begin to move them on my own. But yeah, usually, I'm like you. If you leave it in my space (without speaking to me about it first), it might not be there when you get back!
Sep. 3rd, 2014 08:49 pm (UTC)
I hope you're not resigned to letting them sit there! Start with the nice maintenance guy, tell him that it is a problem and the windows can't stay there, and see if he can help you work out a plan for moving them. Put them in an unused room, they don't HAVE to be covering up library materials while they're in storage. It might be different if it was a work in progress, but it's not, they're just sitting there.

Sep. 4th, 2014 01:49 am (UTC)
That's part of the problem--there are no unused rooms on our first floor (and no elevator to our second floor and even if there was, I wouldn't expect them to put them there just to bring them back down). My talking to the maintenance guys won't really get anything done; I have no authority over them and honestly? They don't care if I can do library or not--it's not their problem. It has to be my admin complaining loudly and often for any chance of something being done. I'll bug her to bug the folks at central office.

Although...if I can't do library with the kids for a month or so? It would be a perfect opportunity to get the staff resources organised (I'm in my third year at this school, my predeccesor wasn't trained at all...so things have call numbers like "TR--language arts".... And some of it was kinda randomly placed, so, it's a mess.)
Sep. 4th, 2014 08:22 pm (UTC)
Well, if you really don't mind.

But if you do, before giving up I'd talk to some people, make some phone calls, consider recruiting strong hands from home. If you can get the windows into a second floor room, then that seems like a perfectly fine place to me, and when they're finally ready to install them they can just go ahead and bring them back down.
Sep. 4th, 2014 08:23 pm (UTC)
(And if, in your judgement, that wouldn't work out, then don't do it. That's why I said "consider" instead of "do it".)
Sep. 6th, 2014 04:59 pm (UTC)
Sounds as if the best you can do is treat this as a chance to attack problems that you wouldn't have had time to face otherwise. Lemonade from lemons? Anyway, we sympathize and hope at least they don't run longer than 3 weeks.
Sep. 7th, 2014 02:08 am (UTC)
I did post an update to the comm--basically, they've moved the windows down between my non fiction stacks, at the end of the library. I have a few shelves of non fic the kids can get to, along with all the picture and fiction books. And the windows are situated as such that they're no more dangerous than a shelf or a table (ie kids can't break the glass as they can't reach it).

So, library classes will commence this coming Friday. And I'm honestly not holding my breath on the three weeks estimate--I've worked in this school board too long. *g* I'll be shocked if they go in within three months....
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