Re-2 grad promoted to Maintenance Supervisor

Garfield Re-2 grad promoted to Maintenance Supervisor
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When Tony Allen graduated from Rifle High School in 2003, he bounced around in a variety of jobs. He worked in the oil and gas industry, pouring concrete, and honed his skills in construction.

 

Nine years ago, Tony came to Garfield Re-2 School District as a custodian working the split shift between Rifle Middle School and Rifle High School. It didn’t take him long to rise through the ranks as a maintenance technician, and most recently, as an HVAC technician.

 

“I never once in my life thought that working for the local school district would be where I would land, but it is by far the best job I’ve ever had,” he explained.

 

At the August 25, 2021, School Board meeting, Tony was officially promoted to Maintenance Supervisor.

 

The roles he has played in Garfield Re-2 are unique and integral to the regular operations of a school district he said.

 

“As a custodian, you are the eyes and ears of the school. Custodians make sure that things are clean and shiny and look like new. They do all of the moving of materials within a school. They also know when things are broken, and they help alert the maintenance team to those things,” he explained.

 

“The maintenance team works on all the bigger projects in addition to unclogging toilets, fixing drippy sinks, painting walls, framing walls, building rooms. We try to do as much as we can in-house, and even when we have contractors working with us, we try to learn from and work with them as much as we can.”

 

During his time with Garfield Re-2, Tony has strengthened his skills in many areas.

 

“Since I’ve been here I’ve learned how to plumb, solder pipe, work on HVAC systems and do electrical work - that was my weak point, electrical. I try to jump in and learn how to do things because the more skills I have, the more valuable employee I can be.”

 

Tony added that he did a lot of outside investigation into problems in addition to his on-the-job training. The Maintenance Supervisor position is something he has had his eye on and this seemed like a good time to apply for the position.

 

“Over the last year, I’ve been split between maintenance technician and HVAC technician. I’ve been all over the school district and been the universal soldier. I figured since the team looks to me to solve so many different issues, this was a good time to apply for the leadership position,” he explained. “The group of guys we have right now are solid. The guys that work here made it easy for me to want to make the transition.”

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