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Head custodian retires after 31 years

February 01, 2011
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CALDWELL, NJ — For 31 years, the students, teachers and even the principals have changed, but Andre Wheatley has remained a steady presence in the Caldwell-West Caldwell school district, according to the Caldwells Patch.
"He has always remained positive, regardless of what is going on," said Tim Ayers, principal of Jefferson School.
This positive attitude has helped Wheatley through many challenging times, whether it was providing a calming presence during the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001, or coping with the ongoing slew of snowstorms during his final month of work, the article stated.
Wheatley was transferred after almost five years to Jefferson School where he has remained: Along the way, he was promoted to head custodian and has reported to seven different principals, the article noted.
When asked what he was going to miss about Jefferson school, he replied, "a little bit of everything."
"I have never been away from this school for more than two weeks. After the second week of my retirement, it is really going to hit me," Wheatley added.
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