Hi all, I've been a tech for about 6 months now taking over a tech who was here for nearly 10 years, wasn't able to get trained by her much as she left a few weeks after I started which was at the end of the last school year so didn't really get all the information I needed but have been doing pretty well thanks to all the teachers and their support.
I have been slowly going through the prep room and storage cupboards as our stocklist is very out of date and have been cleaning and organising as I go along, but it's all quite a mess (nothing against the previous tech, she was here for a very long time so how it is probably worked well for her) but as someone new to the whole being a school tech thing I think it needed a reorganise and clean.
My question is how do I know what to keep and what to throw away? I'm of course asking HoD before I even think about throwing things away, but the answer is always 'We haven't used that in years but maybe we will need it again?' but the years in question is coming up nearly 6-7 years and some things even longer from 2006 and very clearly not been used gathering dust, broken (I tried fixing) and taking a whole bunch of space very much needed in the cupboards. I recently found 24, 2.5L brown glass containers and had to throw half of them away as there isn't enough space and 24 just aren't needed. Items like that are very easy to figure out but others like melting point apparatus and colorimeters which I've been told hasn't worked for years so I bought replacements which the teachers loved but the HoD is hesitant to throw them away even though they haven't worked in years.
Do I keep these broken/uneeded/unused things in hopes of maybe finding someone to fix it or finally use it or do I need to speak up and tell HoD that it needs to be thrown away and that even the other teachers agree? HoD is lovely but I've been told a bit of a hoarder and other teachers often help me sneak out the smaller not so expensive things out that need to be thrown away.
Thank you, and sorry for the long post