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Gradebook podcast: What does it take to get schools ready for students?

Lots of work takes place while students enjoy summer break.

4,000 door locks. 97,000 wrist bands. Hundreds of hires. Millions in upgrades.

Summertime offers a break from school to students and teachers. But it’s the busy season for districts’ maintenance, purchasing, security, transportation and other employees who use the time to prepare for when everyone returns, expecting a smooth start to the learning process.

Betsy Kuhn, the Pasco County school district’s assistant superintendent for operations, discusses all the work her staff has put into making sure the nearly 80,000-student system is ready for its first day of classes.

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