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YHS Cleanup

Dozens at work to clear damage

June 27, 2013

It’s a labor-intensive process, but with almost 100 people and about $1.5 million of equipment on site to clean up Youngsville High School, the work is moving quickl....

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Jun-28-13 2:50 PM

Darn technology. Next thing they will come up with is a way to track my internet and phone usage.

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Jun-28-13 2:06 PM

Be careful there MTO, I heard there are special drones specifically programmed to find tin foil hats!

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Jun-28-13 10:15 AM

Pirate, I started making a tin foil hat as I was reading your last post.

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Jun-28-13 8:36 AM

Why don't you go down there and stand guard if you are that worried about it? You can't control every situation. There is such thing as surveillance now days. How do you think they caught the punks who did this. How do you think the dumb ass Hernandez who just got charged for murder got caught. How do you think most people who are dumb enough to do a crime get caught? It's just a matter of time. Some people today still really think they are not under surveillance and that they can get away with stuff. With phones, texting, time stamps, cameras on intersections, stores, even cameras in cars now. It's everywhere. Everyone is big brother. Big brother is in their hand. It's above you in the sky. It's on facebook. Third graders can connect dots these days. Ha...Ha... dumb, dumb, dumb.Keep breaking the law dummies. You get with the 21st century some day. It may be in prison, but you will get it.

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Jun-27-13 11:48 AM

Teacher is right on. These guys are working. So they smoke, look a little hard, but they have a job and are earning perhaps food on the table for their kids. What do you people want from those who do not look like you or wear the type of clothes you wear or listen to them music you listen to ? What is it you seek ? People to live just as you do ? If these kids were sitting on the corner you would call them scum and welfare bums. Either way they lose in some of your eyes. Maybe we should lock some of you social high class folks up for a reality check that we all come from Abraham and we are all brothers and sisters.

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Jun-27-13 10:27 AM

I'd say the young men guilty of the crime should be the ones labeled hoodlums, not the guys scrubbing every inch of the building. Are the workers hired of the same social class as you, perhaps not, but that is no indication of their ability to do the work. They aren't sitting home waiting for their gov checks to show up.

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Jun-27-13 10:11 AM

I'm NOT going to say....I hate typos when posting from a phone...

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Jun-27-13 10:09 AM

Darrell, I don't know if you ever hired anyone to build something for you, put a driveway in, roofing, etc but I have seen some very shady looking crews do impeccable work. Many of these people working are not from here too, could it be that you are being too judgemental based on your comfort zone of the small town locals around you. As far as air quality, like I said, it will be far better than any school in our district on day one. Again, the real story should have been the cost. I'm going to say peoples hands are being greased because its not necessarily the case. $400,000 for almost 100 workers for 2 months full time work that is not minimum wage plus supplies might be reasonable but do you realize that means they damaged $600,000 worth of smart boards, computers, books, furniture, windows, etc? The whole thing is mind blowing.

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Jun-27-13 9:51 AM

Perhaps I should re-phrase my thoughts, because I was trying to avoid sounding judgmental. You could put a lot of these guys in suits and I would still have a problem with them. The word hoodlum and gangster comes to mind. I wish we had the ability to post pictures here. I never said that I don't emphathize with the conditions, but I still have serious concerns about attention to detail. I have read up a little this morning and I think that after the cleaning the school district should hire a consulting company to come in and do air quality testing and then make the results public.

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Jun-27-13 9:06 AM

I'd be more worried if the people doing the work in the school, which is undoubtedly messy, hot, and unpleasant, looked cool, clean and put together. You may not like the way they look, talk, or smoke, but at least if we're going to be judgemental they are WORKING and doing a job most of us wouldn't want to.

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Jun-27-13 8:18 AM

And to defend my concerns on the quality of work, how can an individual that does not take pride in their appearance, health, or manners be expected to take pride in cleaning up a building that they have no material interest in. I have yet to see an unkempt person have an impeccabley clean home. You may disagree with me, but I feel that is a legitimate concern.

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Jun-27-13 8:14 AM

You are right about the heat, and I may be a little too conservative on the no shirt point. As I look across the parking lot, it looks like they have placed up some tarps between trucks, perhaps to make a smoking area that is unseen from the public, which I appreciate. Like you, I have a great concern on the cost. They let the insurance company run the show, who brought in their own guy, and the estimate doubled after they started work? There are palms getting greased on this.

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Jun-27-13 7:23 AM

(Continued) of our children's colds and flus. What is most concerning is the fact that the cost was buried in the article. It should have been the headline!!!! 1 million dollars! That is far from the original estimates of $50,000 then $140,000. You can't get anything from a dry well, these are young men who will have some kind of punishment and restitution but they will never be able to cover the cost of what they did or the raise in insurance premiums that our district will see after this claim.

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Jun-27-13 7:18 AM

I am not happy that they are swearing loud enough for neighbors and possibly kids to hear and my greater concern is that they are smoking on school property as our schools are smoke free zones, this includes the property but I am not seeing an issue with the guys taking shirts off. Schools get incredibly hot during the spring and fall, I can only imagine how hot it must be with recent temperatures. If you have ever had roofing work or pavement work done, many male crews end up shirtless during the job. Its a matter of trying to cool the body during hot temperatures. It is not an indication of quality. I also did not even consider that anyone would be glad not to send there kids after this. Our district janitor staff is understaffed and under supplied its necessities. I am kind of jealous that my kids won't walk into a disinfected and so thoroughly cleaned school down to the very duct work. It is the dust, bacteria, and germs that are within our school buildings that contribute to most

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Jun-27-13 6:32 AM

So Darrell, the quality of work depends on you wearing shirt, not smoking and not swearing? I will agree it is not very professional, but has no bearing in the quality work completed.

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Jun-27-13 1:14 AM

I live on College st, almost directly across from the school. After several days of watching the clean up crew walking around shirtless, smoking cigarettes, and swearing, I have a hard time beleiving they are doing a good job. I'm glad my kids don't go there anymore, I'd be scared to death to send them in there after this.

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