by Lisa Tome
Perryville High School will be shining clean and ready for the students to arrive tomorrow.
You have Steve Myers' word on it.
Myers, 65, is used to the first day of school. As a system employee, this is his 48th first day. He also graduated from Cecil County Public Schools so this is his 60th first day.
Myers started in the school system when he was a student at Elkton High.
"I was in high school. I wanted to buy a car," said Myers.
He started working for the school system as a custodian at Cherry Hill Middle in 1968. In September of 1969, he was assigned to work at Kenmore Elementary (the current Providence School building). Five years later, in 1974, Myers got a job assignment which changed his life.
He moved to the head custodian post at Perryville Elementary School. It was there that he met Becky, the school secretary, who would later become his wife. She also still works for the school system and will be at Thomson Estates this school year.
In 1979, he was assigned to Perryville Middle. After three years there, he went to North East Middle. In 1985, he began working at Perryville High. In 1991, he was named head custodian.
Myers said he likes going to work every day. "Everybody's good here," said Myers.
"I've got property taxes, a new truck, and a new Jeep to pay for. I could retire but I'm not ready just yet. Maybe next year. I have sick leave (accumulated) for another year," Myers said.
He has also set a goal of working for the system for 50 years.
Myers and Dr. Delbert Jackson are the current longest-serving system staffers.