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Meet Norman Strickland, Head Custodian at Cleveland Heights High School

As the Head Custodian at Cleveland Heights High School, Norman Strickland oversees a team of maintenance professionals to ensure the high school is maintained at a high level of cleanliness and safety every day for more than 1500 students, 200 staff, and dozens of visitors.

He has been employed by the District for 9 years; serving as assistant custodian at the high school for 7 years before accepting the head custodian position. He oversees a team of 19 who prepare for an average of ten events every week and clean 180 classrooms, staff offices, restrooms, locker rooms, and two gyms every day. They set up and clean the cafeteria with three lunch periods each day with seating for 500 students per period. And they are responsible for maintaining the swimming pool facility including monitoring the water’s PH levels, and cleaning all school grounds and parking lots.

This herculean task would not be possible without a strong leader and a skilled staff. Mr. Strickland takes great pride in knowing that everyone entering the high school will find it a clean and safe place to study and work and he credits his staff for making that happen. “My team is the BEST!! It is the Team that makes my job easy.” He added that it helps that “the teachers are great and the students are very respectful.”

Recently, he was involved with transforming the front of the school in honor of the Kelce brothers playing in the Super Bowl. He was amazed by the 500,000 likes on Twitter in response to the image of the high school lit up with the colors of the Eagles and the Chiefs!

He graduated from Warrensville Heights High School and has obtained certificates from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy at Cuyahoga Community College and plans to pursue a degree in Safety and Education. Mr. Strickland worked for and retired from UPS before joining the staff of the CH-UH City School District.

When he is not at the high school, Mr. Strickland enjoys spending time with his wife, children,grandchildren, and extended family. He attends NJBC Church where he is a Deacon, Men's Leader, and Sunday School teacher. He enjoys traveling, family gatherings, and shopping.

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