By Ann Marie Shambaugh
Roberto Arreola Mandujano does much of his work behind the scenes at Carmel High School, but the lead custodian handles even the toughest parts of his job with a smile.
“In winter time, to go outside and spray salt all over the sidewalks around the school is the hard part, but I still have fun doing that,” said Mandujano, who works as lead custodian.
Carmel Clay Schools recently spent a week honoring its maintenance staff and custodians for their hard work. Many people posted photos of appreciation online with the hashtag #CCSThankYou.
For Mandujano, the job is “a blessing.”
“I love what I’m doing,” he said. “I always appreciate the opportunity to serve others in each way and help my coworkers to accomplish every single day what they are supposed to do.”
Life was much different for Mandujano before landing his job at CHS. A native of Mexico, he moved to Los Angeles in the ’80s and spent nearly 20 years there. He decided to move to the Midwest after getting married and having two children.
“That’s where I heard was a better place to raise your family,” he said. “I don’t regret it at all.”
Mandujano worked at Target and UPS before joining CHS in 2006. He can be found at the school from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day making sure the building is ready for students and their programs.
The custodian’s hard work has not gone unnoticed. In May, CCS named him the 2016 Support Staff Employee of the Year during a surprise ceremony at the high school.
Nicole Delks, custodial supervisor at CHS, believes that the honor was well deserved.
“He is someone who is always dependable and absolutely goes above and beyond in making sure our building is in optimal condition for the success of our students, teachers and staff,” Delks said. “In addition to all those great qualities, he is such a polite and genuine person who truly enjoys his position as lead custodian at Carmel High School.”
After 10 years, Mandujano doesn’t anticipate leaving the high school any time soon.
“I’m very happy,” he said. “It’s an honor to serve everybody.”