Chloe Alverson ‘17 and Alexandria Malcolm ‘17: Unusable bathrooms, uncleaned classrooms, and untidy working conditions make for unhappy students and teachers alike. As the community awaits the construction of the new school to begin in June of 2017, following the passing of the bond this past May, the current Romeo High School is an eyesore.

“More attention needs to be taken to the cleanliness of this school,” an anonymous source said. “We have pride in our school and no one is trying to take care of it. We’re all doing our part but it seems like the school district isn’t doing their part. They don’t care that we work or learn in a pigpen.”

The source commented that basic cleaning needs to be completed. As a whole, the RHS student body is outstanding. Boasting state championships and high test scores, the school building conditions do not match the talent and integrity of the students. The image that our school has built up and the reality of what it really is, is pathetic.

“I have extremely high expectations of this school and everyone in it,” principal Mr. Osebold said. “And we want to raise the expectations of everyone at the school. Hold each other to higher expectations, and the school will better from it.”

Last year, it was rumored that a falling ceiling tile hit a student. The sketchy tiles present danger towards the students. One can only hope that students can walk the halls without fear of the ceiling tiles above them.

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Photo taken by: Sarah Fuzi ’17

Adding onto the already poor conditions, earlier this year, some Romeo High School vacuums were out for maintenance, leading to weeks of messy classroom and hallway floors.

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Photo taken by: Sarah Fuzi ’17

Other than distracting students from learning, the unclean state of the school may present danger to the health of students.

Enduring one disease and infection at a time, RHS continues to take one punch after another. Fighting off Hand Foot and Mouth Disease, lice and the stomach flu in the beginning of the year, it seems as though we can’t catch a break. Most recently, scarlet fever has been reported within the school, per a notice from School Messenger. It cannot be determined whether the cleanliness, or uncleanliness, of our school was the cause of the spread of these ailments. Although one can’t help but wonder, if the school was in better condition, would that have prevented such illnesses from occurring?

The vast spreading of germs raises one question: What needs to be done?

“Part of the problem does come from the schools old age, but not all of the problem,” Mr. Osebold said.

Students, during the hustle and bustle of moving classroom to classroom, tend to not clean up after themselves. Food wrappers litter the floor, crumbs are left on tables, and paper towels get casually tossed in the bathroom corner, not even close to the garbage can.

“When bathrooms are locked, it is because of student destructive behavior,” Mr. Osebold said. “If a custodian has to spend an hour unclogging a toilet, that is an hour that a classroom doesn’t get cleaned. If the custodians are doing their job to keep things running, then we need to do our part.”

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Photo taken by: Sarah Fuzi ’17

Due to neglect from various sources, students being one of them, the school resembles a pigsty.

The next time you decide to leave your empty water bottles, crumpled wrappers, and track mud into the building from outside, clean it up. It’s not just the custodian’s responsibility to clean. Remember that this is your school, take pride in it.

Best put in the words of Mr. Osebold, “Be Romeo, and Romeo is better than that.”

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Photo taken by: Sarah Fuzi ’17

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Photo taken by: Sarah Fuzi ’17

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Photo taken by: Sarah Fuzi ’17

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Photo taken by: Sarah Fuzi ’17

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