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Working in the Maintenance Department requires a special kind of person. They must be a jack-of-all-trades, have an ability to troubleshoot, and be flexible. Donald Clifford is one of those guys. A member of the maintenance team for 33 years, he retired at the end of 2021.
Mr. Clifford has seen and done it all. Behind the scenes at just about every event, he helped ensure that everything from set up to tear down ran smoothly and with precision. It’s pretty safe to say that throughout his McDonogh career, no two days were ever the same. And throughout his time, as the campus changed, he remained a constant: knowledgeable, unflappable, and caring.
One of the best examples shared a number of years ago in recognition of his 25 years of service to McDonogh is worth repeating. Apparently, when construction began on the field next to the kindergarten building, it displaced a family of field mice who scampered into the building—much to the dismay of the teachers and students. Mr. Clifford was called to the building and arrived to find the teachers standing on the chairs and the kindergartners running around trying to capture the mice.
He radioed for advice. “Should I help the teachers, the kids, or the mice?” he asked. Of course, he helped them all.
Don, congratulations on your retirement. Thank you for all you have done to make McDonogh run smoothly. We hope all your days are relaxing and that your maintenance projects are behind you.