Everyday P-12 Business manager, Mrs Dorothy Reid, may have finally signed her own departure ticket to the Everyday Nursing Home.
People kept taking things out of it
The long-term employee, well-known for her penny-pinching ways, hid the school first-aid kit. Mrs Reid claimed she had a valid reason for relocating the essential supplies. ‘People kept taking things out of it,’ she said. ‘I’d check the first-aid kit at the end of the day and there would be several Band-Aids missing. The next day someone would have taken a bandage. Every day it was the same story. If it kept going at that rate the kit would have been empty at the end of each week.’
Ms Ruth Horan, assistant principal, was less than complimentary of Mrs Reid’s decision. ‘Of course people are taking things from it! That’s what it’s there for.’ The business manager was told in no uncertain terms that she would place the first-aid kit back in the sick bay and that it is her role to keep the kit fully-stocked.
Shortly after the kit duly appeared in its regular position, however Mrs Reid had placed a collection tin next to it. Stuck to the tin was a notice outlining the prices for each item, such as ‘Band-Aids 50 cents, bandages $3, ice packs $2 for ten minutes usage.’ The officious office lady had also printed notes for yard duty teachers to send home with parents of injured children indicating the amount of money they now owed the school.
Band-Aids 50 cents, bandages $3, ice packs $2 for ten minutes usage.
This time it was principal, Mr James Matthews, who corrected Mrs Reid’s behaviour. ‘I told Dot that we can’t charge for caring for injured students. Next thing I know the collection tin was gone and in its place was her “Does this student need a Band-Aid?” flowchart.’ Mrs Reid had created the flowchart for teachers to use when deciding on whether or not to administer a Band-Aid to an injured student.
However, in a case of what some may call poetic justice, the elderly office lady had a fall on her way to her car, badly skinning her knee. ‘I went through the flowchart with her,’ said Ms Horan, ‘and decided she didn’t need a Band-Aid. I did note that if she did still want one she could purchase one from the school for 50 cents.’