Scott relishes new Pinecrest position
Eudora resident Carol Scott has done more than just manage her time since retiring from the Eudora USD 491 school system.
The former Nottingham Elementary School cafeteria manager took over the head position Jan. 2 at the Pinecrest Apartments.
Now, instead of making sure youngsters are well fed, she's seeing to the day-to-day duties of an entire apartment complex.
Three weeks in, the change has gone smoothly, she said.
"It's going really well. I'm enjoying it very much," Scott said. "The residents are very nice and so far I seem to be getting along with them."
Scott is responsible for making sure everything runs smoothly at the complex, which includes Pinecrest I, II and III. On any given day her responsibility could mean isolating maintenance issues, showing an apartment or using a snow shovel.
"They just want somebody to be here when something breaks to get it fixed," she said.
Her current task: glacier removal. She's battling ice left from a storm earlier in the month.
"That's been a challenge, trying to keep ahead of it," Scott said.
She also keeps in touch with her current residents. Her name was suggested to Belmont Management when they were looking to fill the position, she said.
"I am here every day of the week at some point in time," Scott said. "They just want to make sure they can stay on top of any problems or whatever, so that when residents call they can talk to somebody."
Before signing on as manager, Scott spent time at Pinecrest visiting her mother-in-law, Ethel Scott.
Her familiarity with the complex and her management experience could have given her an idea of what to expect.
She said she hadn't encountered anything surprising since she started.
In addition to handling the new position in stride, Scott she has goals for the community.
"I'm working really hard to get the rooms ready and get them rented again," she said. "I would like to see it all full again, and that's one of the goals I'm working on."
Her job means more to the residents than someone to collect rent checks or to fix a leaking faucet.
Scott supplements her front-end office work by developing more and more programs for the residents.
"I'm going to try to find some new activities for them to do," she said.
Her plans encompass everything from simple morning coffee times each Thursday in February to more thought-out social events like a Valentine's Day party Feb. 14.
Scott also wants to help the residents to continue learning.
"I'm trying to find someone who would like to come in and teach different crafts to them," Scott said.
With almost a month behind her, Scott said she has found what she enjoys most about the job.
"It's just working out the small problems we have and making the residents happy."