‘Always happily willing to help’: Amherst schools’ handyman honored for 41 years of service | Latest Headlines



Robert Jones fixes a dishwasher in the Amherst Elementary School cafeteria on July 9th.



Robert Jones

Jones, who started his career in Amherst County’s public schools in the late 1970s, said he has 10 bosses and enjoys going to all schools and interacting with principals, administrators, teachers and students.



Robert Jones

Robert Jones fixes a dishwasher in the Amherst Elementary School cafeteria on July 9th.



Robert Jones

Robert Jones fixes a dishwasher in the Amherst Elementary School cafeteria on July 9th.



Robert Jones

Robert Jones fixes a dishwasher in the Amherst Elementary School cafeteria on July 9th.

One recent afternoon at Amherst Middle School, Robert Jones installed plaques by three educators along the school’s new Hall of Fame wall.

It’s an example of the various tasks that Jones, a long-time maintenance worker at Amherst County Public Schools, performs as needed. He has worked for the department for 41 years, most of the time as part of the maintenance staff who keep the buildings running efficiently.

He said whatever he needed, from simple repairs to plumbing and carpentry. Jones was recently named one of the division’s two Support Staff of the Year recipients for the 2020-21 school year for his service to the division, an honor Jones said touched.

“I think it was great,” said Jones, 64, of the recognition.

The job of the maintenance staff is to operate and maintain 15 buildings covering more than 787,000 square feet, equipment and other assets, as well as monitor gas, water and electricity consumption by implementing cost-saving measures as indicated on the department’s website . The maintenance department, made up of a dozen artisans, used combined skills to cope with any work they were asked to do, tending to over 260 acres of lawns, trees and shrubs to enhance the outdoor landscapes, the website says.

Jones, who started his career at ACPS in the late 1970s, said he had 10 supervisors and enjoyed going to all schools and interacting with principals, administrators, teachers and students.

Comments are closed.