Why are SAUSD school bathrooms and kitchens such cochineros?

All of my four kids attended Santa Ana schools, from kindergarten, including three high school grads. Each of them was thoroughly disgusted by the condition of the bathrooms at Santa Ana schools.

Common complaints about SAUSD school bathrooms include:

  • no paper towels
  • very dark – no or little light
  • pee and worse on the floor
  • smell of marijuana and vaping fumes
  • horrible smells
  • the girls restrooms were often low or out of toilet paper

BTW my 15-year-old attended a STEM middle school in Tustin and is now enrolled at Foothill High School. He says the bathrooms at the Tustin schools are squeaky clean!

It’s not just the school bathrooms. The SAUSD school cafeterias have major issues too.

For example the kitchen at Willard Intermediate School was inspected by the Orange County Health Care Department on May 9, 2018. The inspection did not go well! The O.C. Health Care Inspector shut down the Willard school kitchen, noting:

  • Observed rodent activity at the following locations:
    -On the floor surface under the upright cooler adjacent to the speed service lines.
    -On the shelves under the register at the staff lounge area.
    -On the floor under the ice maker machine at the staff lounge area.
    -On the floor under the staff lounge handwashing sink.
    -On the crystal wrap located at the storage racks adjacent to the unused service windows.
    -On the floors under the storage racks adjacent to the unused service windows where food equipment is stored.
    -On the floors under the storage racks at the office area where prepackaged food is stored.
  • Eliminate the activity of rodents from the food facility by using only approved methods. Remove all evidence of the infestation and thoroughly clean and sanitize all affected surfaces. Construct, equip, maintain and operate the food facility so as to prevent the entrance and harborage of animals, birds and vermin including, but not limited to, rodents and insects.
  • The inspector also noted six minor health hazards

A concession at Godinez High School was inspected on April 30, 2018 with similar results:

  • Inspector Comments: Observed rodent activity at the following floor locations:
    -Under the dry food storage racks.
  • Eliminate the activity of rodents from the food facility by using only approved methods.
  • Remove all evidence of the infestation and thoroughly clean and sanitize all affected surfaces. Construct, equip, maintain and operate the food facility so as to prevent the entrance and harborage of animals, birds and vermin including, but not limited to, rodents and insects.
  • They also received three minor health violations

The Villa Fundamental School’s cafeteria was inspected on May 10, 2018. Again this inspection did not go well:

  • Inspector Comments: Rodent droppings were observed on the floor inside the employee locker room. Eliminate the activity of rodents from the food facility by using only approved methods. Remove all evidence of the infestation and thoroughly clean and sanitize all
    affected surfaces. Construct, equip, maintain and operate the food facility so as to prevent the entrance and harborage of animals, birds and vermin including, but not limited to, rodents and insects.

You can look up your school’s health violation record here.

Why can’t the SAUSD keep their school bathrooms and cafeterias/kitchens clean and sanitary?

Consider how much they are paying these folks to oversee these facilities, according to Transparent California:

  • Stephanie Phillips, Superintendent – Total Pay and Benefits: $313,321.01
  • Orin L Williams, Asst. Superintendent of Facilities – Total Pay and Benefits: $225,434.56
  • Tina Marie Douglas, Associate Superintendent of Business Services, Total Pay and Benefits: $227,646.60
  • Lucinda Emma Nares Pueblos, Assoc. Superintendent of School Performance, Total Pay and Benefits: $220,414.92
  • Doreen M Lohnes, Assoc. Superintendent of Support Services, Total Pay and Benefits: $212,572.44

Some of this info may be dated but the bottom line is that there are a lot of folks at the SAUSD getting paid a fortune and they can’t even keep the school bathrooms and kitchens/cafeterias clean! It is a disgrace.

Imagine if the schools in Irvine or Newport Beach were filthy? There would be an uproar! All the administrators would be fired. Somehow the SAUSD admins keep their jobs and get paid a fortune even though they aren’t doing their jobs.

Remember that this same bunch wants to raise our taxes again with Measure I, which will increase the SAUSD’s bond debt to about a billion dollars. But if they cannot keep our school bathrooms and cafeterias clean – with an annual budget of $800 million dollars, why should we believe any of their lies about how they plan to spend the Measure I money?

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