There’s an often ignored section when speaking about the culture and climate at the Aspen School District. We’ve heard about the low morale and dissatisfaction from teachers and parents, yet no one mentions the support staff. These members toil every day to make the school run, make sure children arrive to their destinations safely and on time, and make sure the district has clean, warm and serviceable areas. And yet you mention nothing from the custodians, maintenance and transportation members.

There’s an understanding among these staff members that they don’t matter to the district as much as administrators or teachers. Decisions, professional developments, attitudes are all geared towards teachers and how it benefits them.

Requests made are sometimes ridiculously rude as if they think maintenance literally doesn’t have a million other projects or requests they are working through. Comments are made as if they would know better on how to do the job than the people who actually work in those positions.

It’s perfectly okay to criticize support staff on their work, even with a lack of understanding regarding logistics, regulations and the everyday minutiae that go into the positions.

But to hear that it was blatantly stated by our board president Dwayne Romero that the reason there’s no representation of custodian, maintenance or transportation on the climate culture committee is because teachers are more important? Well, it’s clear that this board and community isn’t concerned about the districts overall climate, just how the teachers feel. Some perspective, huh?