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Principals complain about dirty school buildings

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Board member Billy Orgel said he has heard from virtually every principal in his district, which includes Craigmont High, White Station Middle, nearby Richland Elementary and Shelby Oaks. Board member Billy Orgel said he has heard from virtually every principal in his district, which includes Craigmont High, White Station Middle, nearby Richland Elementary and Shelby Oaks.

(WMC-TV) - The company that cleans Shelby County Schools may need to clean up its own act following complaints from principals about dirty buildings.

Even the superintendent said the number one complaint he receives concerns cleanliness.

"[Idlewild] is a really nice school, no problems at school," said student Trevor Hopkins.

As Idlewild Elementary in Midtown may be an exception, parents still pitch in to keep it that way.

"We set up, like on Saturdays, to come and clean our campus," said parent Ciera Shannon.

Apparently, the same cannot be said for many other Shelby County Schools, where there are serious concerns about cleanliness.

"My colleagues and I have been hearing from all over the district that this is a problem. So, it's up to us to address the issue," said SCS board member Shante Avant.

Dirty schools were discussed during Tuesday night's work session.

Board member Billy Orgel said he has heard from virtually every principal in his district, which includes Craigmont High, White Station Middle, nearby Richland Elementary and Shelby Oaks.

Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said cleanliness also tops the list of issues shared with him.

"The concern for us not to have clean schools. It's unacceptable," said Avant.

Fixing the issue will not take sweeping changes. For starters, officials want the current vendor to fulfill its contract.

Knoxville-based GCA won the unified district's cleaning contract when the board decided to out source custodial work to save money. Though GCA has drawn fire before, like in 2006, when Action News 5 investigated complaints within legacy Shelby County schools.

"The administration is very much on top of having conversations with GCA," said Avant.

GCA bragged about its trademark quality in a statement issued after the current contract was awarded.

Calls to the company were not returned for comment.

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