McNary custodian says goodbye
March 10, 2019 By:Lauren Murphy
By: Brooklyn Flint
From clean floors to clean walls, our custodians do it all. Jay Reed, a custodian at McNary, has been working here for a year and a half. He has, however, been working in the district for 30 years.
“Before this, I was president of the association of classified employees which is all the people who are not teachers or administrators in the building,” Reed said. He continued to add that the people he worked with are librarians, office people, custodians, and others.
Reed has worked all over the district at different schools. He has worked at Whiteaker, Claggett Creek, Sprague, and McKay more.
Reed plans to retire on March 31st of this year but he continues to work until school ends because he enjoys his work environment and being around the students.
“When I retire, I am going to travel. Me and my wife have a motorhome and we are going to travel the country. Travel route 66, to route 10, and just go around the country and stop in towns and explore the towns and just have fun that way and maybe do some foreign travel later,” Reed said.
However, Reed and his wife don’t exactly know where they want to go. They have already been all over the country, but they just want to see more cities and explore more places.
Being a custodian has its disadvantages but it isn’t normally what people would expect. “The worst part would be probably the disrespect,” Reed said. Many students don’t clean up after themselves and have no respect for the custodians that have to clean it up.
The whole cleaning aspect of the job doesn’t seem to bother Reed though. “That’s what we’re here for, to keep a clean, safe environment for the students,” he said. “People ask me why I stay at this job. It’s not the greatest job in the world but I don’t hate it. I actually enjoy being around the students and the staff so I’m a people person, I enjoy helping.”
Out of all the schools in the district, Reed chose to work at McNary. “My kids graduated here… I have twin kids who came through here. I have worked in the Keizer community for the last 20 years so I know most of the children in this area and I just think it is a community effort to teach the children about society and what they need to do in the future to succeed,” Reed said.
His favorite part of the job has been playing basketball against the Senior boys and seeing the kids succeed. “That what’s great about working here, just to see them succeed and move on in society and become successful young adults,” Reed said.
“Enjoy school while you’re here. After that, it’s work all the time. Get all the education you can,” Reed said. “If you don’t want to get into education, do what you want to do. If you find something you like, do it.”