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See retires after 37 years of maintenance with Nevada Schools

He’s been through four superintendents and three high school principals in his time at Nevada High School.

That’s time working in the high school maintenance department, which he became building head for when his father, Ernie, retired in 1991.

For Randy See, who will retire from the district at the end of this school year, working for the Nevada School District has definitely been a family affair. Not only his father Ernie, but also, his mother, Pearl, worked for the Nevada Schools.

Randy remembers working with his mom, a school cook, when he was a sixth-grader in the district. He’d help her carry cans and containers from the food storage area to the kitchen counters.

A 1975 graduate of Nevada High School, who came to work for the district in 1978, the Nevada Schools are like a second home to See.

Not long after his graduation, See attended Des Moines Area Community College and earned a degree in building trades. He worked in carpentry for six months, before starting to work part-time at the school. “I came here and worked nights when the new gym and the west end (of the high school) were new (1978),” he said. He had also worked in the elementary building for a year in 1976, before he attended DMACC. But the high school has been his primary domain.

“I’ve liked the people and the kids; it’s something different every year, with the kids anyway,” See said.

The last several years of his tenure have been all about construction in the high school. See said it’s involved a lot of “moving stuff from one area to another, and finding storage for things,” which he said has been challenging at times. But he and his staff made it through. And See is proud of the renovated high school. “It’s a lot better,” he notes.

The high school building is also a lot bigger now, meaning more area to maintain, See said. But he thinks the challenge of having an increased area to maintain will be balanced by the fact that technology/computers help to control many aspects of the maintenance department.

In addition to his position at the high school, See has also worked in part-time maintenance capacities for six years with the city of Nevada at City Hall and at the library.

He’s giving all this Nevada maintenance work up to take another full-time job. “I’ll be working on a farm for a guy whose been like a brother to me,” See said. He’ll work on a corporate farm near Sioux Center, where he’ll relocate during the work weeks, but still come back to Nevada a lot on weekends. “I’m not moving,” he said. “I just felt it was time for a change.”