If David Smith had his way, Craisins would immediately be removed from school lunch menus.
Children wouldn't be allowed to bring them from home either.
Smith, a custodian at Conowingo Elementary School, frequently does battle with the tiny dried cranberries during the school year.
"Craisins are a mess. They get in the carpet and it stains," said Smith. So he and other custodial staff have to remove the spots and scrape off the remains.
It's been a busy summer for Smith and the other members of the custodial staff. They've worked to get the building ready for the new school year. Smith works the night shift, 2:30-11 p.m. during the school year and works day shift, 6:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. in summer.
"We are busier during the summer," he said. We do everything during the day in summer." His part of the school includes total cleaning of 18 rooms, three portably classrooms, and the school media center. Every piece of furniture is cleaned first then moved to the hallway while the room is cleaned. Floors are stripped and then waxed, carpets are shampooed. "I know it all has to be done. But cleaning the furniture is tedious," he said.
"We get a lot of spider webs on the windows. I clean them and the next day they are back. If kids see a spider it takes their mind off everything else," laughed Smith.
Spiders and Craisins aren't the only little annoying issues for custodians. Smith isn't a fan of the classroom sandboxes either. He said sand goes everywhere and has to be swept up.
"Gum wasn't too bad this year. And there was some graffiti. It's mostly just words and is never about anybody," said Smith. "We have spray for the gum on carpets.