Editor’s note: Prior to the 2022-23 academic year, Polk County Schools Superintendent Aaron Greene talked with staff about getting back to their “why” during the school year. Several staff members shared their whys at the district’s convocation, and PolkStudents will share some of those throughout the school year.
My name is Brentley Harris. I am a custodian at Saluda School. There are several reasons for my “why.”
First, this is my home. I had the privilege of attending Saluda School from kindergarten through eighth grade. While in college, I came back to work part time. In 2007, the full-time position opened up and I have been here ever since. I love what I do (with the exception of cleaning up throw up).
This job is a good mix between working outside and inside. No two days are ever quite the same. I enjoy keeping the campus looking good and helping the teachers if they need something. Teachers have a hard job and I try to make their days a little easier by taking care of the small things.
Secondly, this is a great place to work. My co-workers are friendly and easy to get along with. I could not ask for a better group of folks to be around. My two part-time custodians, Ron Bennett, and my dad, Jerry Harris, are a huge help to me. They are hard working and dedicated to our school. There are countless times when they have given me advice. I am truly blessed to be able to work with them each day.
Finally, it’s true this job does not pay a lot. Some people have high-paying, high-stress jobs and are miserable. Money isn’t always everything. Having peace of mind is worth its weight in gold.