Cleaning Up at College

By Melanie Mowry Etters

Mark Poole wanted to be more independent. Poole worked for 20 years on the concrete crew of Pollak Industries of Pensacola ensuring that everything went right during a concrete pour. His conscientiousness was valued by his team.

Although he loved the job, he wanted something in addition to his concrete work. He was hired in March by ABM as a building cleaner at Pensacola State College and has proved that he is more than up to this challenge.

ABM Custodial Manager Ken Riggs said, “Mark loves working and does a thorough job. He is one of the few employees that has been given the responsibility of cleaning an entire floor by himself.”

Poole works every evening, Monday through Friday. His duties include vacuuming, emptying trash cans, cleaning desks and windows, dusting, mopping, and sweeping. He uses public transportation to get to and from Pensacola State College.

Poole said, “I like having a job, so I can keep busy and continue to make money.”

Poole has a developmental disability and receives services from the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD).

Riggs said, “Mark is always in a good mood. He is thorough. He is always hustling and doing his best.”

Having two jobs certainly wears Poole out. He says when he is not working, he is sleeping.

Mark Poole makes sure Pensacola State College is clean when students arrive each morning.