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Staff Spotlight: The Maintenance Department

Posted By Christopher Portman, Friday, January 13, 2017

Winter presents some additional challenges for the ACS Maintenance Department. Shoveling and plowing snow, keeping the walkways free of ice, regulating the temperature throughout the building and, knock on wood, making sure that no water pipes freeze and burst in the cold weather (like they did a few years ago on Martin Luther King Jr. Day).

But these seasonal tasks, on top of their myriad other responsibilities, do not discourage this good-tempered crew. Ask any parent, teacher, or staff member – Calvin Hogan, Jordan Lloyd, Alex Wiltz, and Andrew McCormick (the director of the department) are always willing to help out with any task, and they do so with a pleasant greeting and a smile. We have all come to depend on them not only for their hard work, but also for the positive energy that they bring to the school.

The feeling is mutual. Asked what their favorite part of ACS is, all four agreed that it is the community atmosphere. “Everyone here,” Alex says, “is part of the family.” “The people here are so nice,” Jordan adds. “That’s not always true when you work at other places.”

For Calvin, the veteran of the crew – he has been at ACS since 1999 – the history and traditions also make the job special. He especially likes it when alumni come back to visit. “They bring back with them all of those experiences, and for those of us who have been here quite a while, it’s a treasure when they remember the traditions and when they remember us. It’s a great experience.” Current students and recent alumni will agree – Calvin’s annual holiday rendition of “Can Santa Be Black?” has been a favorite memory for a generation.

It may surprise some given the amount of work involved, but for Andrew the special events are also a major highlight of the job. “All the events are great,” he says. “I love seeing everyone come together to support the school and support each other.” The biggest of all, of course, is the annual auction. “You get that feeling the week before – the auction is coming. It’s magic!”

It’s not all work for the maintenance crew. Because the department is small and because they work so closely together, there is a strong camaraderie among the group, complete with plenty of inside jokes. For example, Alex is the one to keep the group on task – “when he wants to get something done, he is laser-focused,” Andrew says. But Calvin adds, “We have to watch over him, though, so he doesn’t come out bleeding.”

On behalf of the entire ACS community, thank you for all that you do to make ACS special!

 

      Andrew McCormick, Jordan Lloyd, Alex Wiltz, and Calvin Hogan

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