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Custodian honored in retirement

October 28, 2011

BAKERSFIELD, CA — A longtime custodian from North Star High School retired yesterday and was surprised with a special send-off, according to KERO-TV.

A week after Randall Steven Slater graduated from North Star in 1972, he began his career as a janitor at the school, where he has been ever since, the article stated.

According to the article, the school band, cheerleaders, students and administrators filled the quad to send Slater off, bringing the longtime custodian to tears.

"It''s very moving. I am trying to hold back the tears, but it''s hard to do because it''s such a rewarding moment in my lifetime, because I spent many years here," Slater said.

Administrators said that, while the job of a custodian may seem thankless or go unnoticed, Slater was the glue that held it together, the article noted.

"I think so many times when you think about education, you think about the kids and the teachers, but the kids and the teachers can''t do their jobs unless people like Randy keep the rooms clean, change the light bulb, clean the toilets. Without Randy, we could not function. We could not educate our kids," said Steve Johnson, the North High vice principal.

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