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Custodian driving force behind school

August 27, 2012

MARIETTA, OH — The spotlight in schools shines on students, and rightfully so, but behind the scenes are many hardworking people to ensure a proper, safe school environment, according to The Marietta Times.

One of those people is Ed Emerick, the head custodian at Phillips Elementary School, who has been working for Marietta City Schools for more than 27 years, the article stated.

According to the article, Emerick's 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. schedule involves everything from toilet and playground maintenance to cleaning the three-story school building, but he still enjoys interacting with the students despite the difficulties during his day.

"You gotta' like kids in this line of work. You'll be cleaning up after sick kids one minute and then fixing something they broke the next minute," said Emerick.

Even after 27 years, Emerick still doesn’t have any plans to retire any time soon, the article noted.

"I plan to work as long as I'm healthy. Some custodians retire and come back. I figure I might as well keep working instead of retiring and coming back to sub," Emerick added.