Master's Theses

Date of Award

Spring 1949

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Dr. Robert T. McGrath


In recent years there has been much improvement in the quality of school buildings, equipment, and supplies . Qualifications of administrators, supervisors, teachers, and almost all other employees have been advanced. Requirements and standards for custodians have begun to show a trend upward . In the last quarter of a century, janitor-engineer schools have been held to raise the standards of custodians in the proper maintenance of the school buildings and grounds . The position of the custodian in previous years has often been given to an aged person, to a cripple, to a political friend, to some incompetent person, or to anyone who could be persuaded to take it. Many of these custodians do not have a broad idea as to the duties of a custodian. As a result they do not do any more than is absolutely necessary to maintain a minimum of requirements. For several years the writer has been a principal in the elementary schools of four different communities in Western Kansas, observing the work of at least nine custodians in these buildings. He has been able to observe, in a general way, the standards of maintenance that were being met in the high schools of these communities. A need f or more competent work was displayed . From this observance and in courses in School Administration the following problem was decided upon, namely: Proposed Qualifications for Custodians in Certain Kansas Schools . Since all of the school s of the state would be difficult to cover in the limited time provided, it was suggested that a limitation be placed upon schools of certain communities . Therefore only the communities in Kansas with a population between 1000 and 10,000 were to be contacted . The Kansas Government Journal was used to check the census of these communities . One hundred thirty-two communities were selected.


Copyright 1949 Herbert A. Barkley


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